A rather strange dictionary is a work in which I reflect about society, about life, over large and small, over either or and both.
It is a doubting individualist’s longing for meaning and context.
It is about the internalized demand for efficiency, and the same time refusal to accept modern society’s expectation to perform and consume without thought. It is a mixture of whimsicality, sadness and anger.
A rather strange dictionary consists of sculptures in clay, drawings, embroideries and fanzines.
I create things and while I create, I reflect about existence. What is it to be human? How can we organize our societies? What is death? What is the meaning with my life and the life of every other being? How can we use our abilities and natural drives without destroying our souls and our environment? These are huge questions that I keep asking myself repeatedly not to get lost in a world where appearance is everything. Since the questions are so large and the absolute truths are so few, I find it meaningful to work with symbols and compositions to capture the essence of my thoughts.
I work with clay, embroidery and drawing. I make illustrations, patterns, compositions and doodles around existential themes that I want to investigate further. I like to work directly with my hands in materials, but I also find it interesting to investigate what happens when I combine ‘my artefacts’ using computer tools like Photoshop and Illustrator.
I find my inspiration everywhere, but often in the human-made: folk art, children books, fairy tales, myths, poems and literature. Usually I select one or many techniques and one theme as a starting point. I begin work without a lot of sketching, open for new ideas and whimsicality. The things that happen during the process and the insights I sense are the most important part of the project, even though it is nice if the results make me proud and looks appealing to me at the end.