Mamma Andersson was raised in rural Sweden, spending short summers in the forests and long winters indoors studying art books. Her influences include films, theater sets, period interiors, and painters like Hopper, Bonnard, and Manet. Her stark, deserted vignettes have been compared to Harold Pinter's work, and she was asked to create a picture to accompany his Nobel Prize certificate. "My style follows a very Nordic painting tradition: landscapes, interiors, relationships, and dramas," she says. She describes her work as consisting of "frozen moments," and "life in a distilled form."