Thursday, 17 August 2017

Summer job

I'd got the best summer job. It's a project in the Swedish country side, Orust a big island on the west coast. Mural Modern Art. Three women, Elina Metso, Camilla E Boström and myself, painted a portrait each of a women from the area, on a wall that had something to do with the woman. Hanna Ivy Iveslätt had a work in progress exhibition in the café at Ålgård, portaing a now living person from the area. I painted Olga, she lived for a while in this old mill - Ålgårds Kvarn. She lived for 93 years and she gave birth to 11 kids! She was quite religious and she liked to sing and dance through her whole life. My feeling is that she had a pretty good life. This is my portrait of her. It will be there for at least two years, I guess I'll have to visit her/it in a year to see how it survives.

It was so nice to be on the countryside. I lived in an ecovillage in a small house made out of empty bottles and straw bales. They lent me a bike, so each morning I biked along a lake to arrive to Ålgårds mill, have my morning coffee and continue painting. I love my job!

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Vacation photos

A three week roadtrip around a small part of Europe

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Around

Friday, 21 July 2017

Next stop Documenta 14

My third Documenta visit. I was very excited about it but I have to say it was a disappointment. There was some good parts of course, but most of the time it felt like visiting a preparatory art school exhibition. Bad lightning and to little information didn't make it better. Add to that that Kassel might be the most grey and sad city in Europe. I think Documenta is a big event in Kassel so if it feels dead during I wonder how it is the rest of the time.... We left one day early. Here are some of the highlights though.

Starting with Agnes Denes, The living pyramid. Ibrahim Mahama. Parthenon of books, 100 000 banned books, Marta Minujin.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

A roadtrip begins

It started with a ferry, from Sweden to Germany. It was surprisingly nice! Mostly truck drivers, soft, nicely designed for a ferry, a nice bar and since the boat was from Finland there was, of course, a sauna!

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Monday, 3 July 2017

A new language

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Visiting Violette

My mother lives in a caravan all year around. It's the big kind of caravan, with heated floor and a bathtub. It came pre-furnished, beige and fluffy with a fake fireplace, and she is very proud over how it all is designed. She has a wooden deck with spectacular view over a lake! I think it is like living in a very small village with all that comes with that, good and bad. A big difference though - it's crowded during summer and quite empty in winter time, I think there are around 6 other caravans that lives there all the time and also some that comes during weekends.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Second thoughts / trying to un-friend a crow

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Outside my studio I can see animals. Mostly different kinds of birds, even rare ones, but also squirrels, hares and sometime even two foxes if I stay late. I started to throw pieces of my sandwich to the crows that hangs there. Very quickly they became less scared and it felt like they even waited for me to arrive in the mornings. So far so good.

After a while they started to demand food and their presence felt more like two vultures sitting outside waiting for me ;-) You know the sound of crows, it's not always a pleasant sound, one of them can sit for hours right outside my studio and do the worst sound. That's irritating enough, right. I stopped feeding them, also because my studio neighbors were complaining a bit about all the noice...

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This is what meets me now every morning!
They tear apart my tiny garden! Nature huh! It makes me crayzy and angry, I have to clean up every morning and try to save some of the plants. Somehow I also like it, nature don't care and I can definitely not control it. I read that a crow can be 30 years old, so they have many years to get wise and to learn things... good and bad.

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