I am a Danish full time artist, living and working in Malmö, Sweden and Msida, Malta. I work with copper, bronze and brass, which I etch and patinate.
How did you get started?
My creativity was fueled by my grandmother, whom I lived next to when I grew up. Constant experimentation and the joy of getting lost in a world of creativity! And then I fell in love with metal when I was at art school in Sweden in 1997. I had worked with copper printingbut I realized the metal was more fascinating than the prints resulting from it. So I took it from there – making the metal my medium, etching and patinating it, and sometimes also painting on it.
Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
Anselm Kiefer, Lucio Fontana (especially his metal works), Danish painter Poul Anker Bech, and Peter Greenaway’s Icarus exhibition, “Flying over Water”, was unforgettable. I have to include Danish author Karen Blixen here, as her words are a constant source of inspiration.
Describe your work in less than 10 words.
Emotions turned into etched and patinated copper, brass and bronze.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
Tricky one to answer, as I feel I have a genre of my own… “Metal”, I suppose.
Your favourite from among your own artworks?
Always the one I’m currently working on.
Where was your first exhibition held?
My first solo exhibition was in 1994, when I was 20, in an exhibition hall in Gislaved deep in the dark Swedish woods.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve just finished a commission for the Swedish Royal Court, a portrait of HRH Princess Estelle, and am now busy with works for the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale.
How long have you been painting?
I’ve been working creatively since I was a young child, painting since my teens, and a full time artist since 2001.
Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
I’m definitely an afternoon and evening person!
How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
Don’t drink the stuff as I don’t like the taste… but do enjoy inhaling the gorgeous smell of it every chance I get.
Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
I generally spend them working at my studio, too immersed in my work to tell them apart from any other day of the week.
Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
Yes. And lots of chocolate.
If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
I think I’d get a new studio/home in Sweden, surrounded by big trees, and a Maltese studio/home with a view of the immensely beautiful countryside. Two places, at either end of Europe, for me and my Maltese partner to live, be inspired and create in. Basically what we have already – just closer to nature.
Favourite place to holiday?
Malta. I live part of the year in Malta and I call it home, but to me it’s much more than that – it’s a home, holiday and dream location in one, full of never-ending inspiration.