My work focuses on creating unique, vivid, patterns through light and shadows. My goal is to leave no stone unturned, acquiring as many technical and creative skills while exploring ways of connecting mixed media into a unique composition.
I see my work as a statement against constantly pursuing things, whether it is money, success or products and simply enjoy the moment. I wish more people can take their time to sit down with their family and loved ones so I try to invoke that feeling one might feel sitting around a fireplace in a dim rom or as we say it in Norwegian “Koslig”.
I see too many amazing talented people and friends choose safe careers and abandon their creative outlets. I wish to inspire people to fight on. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I hope to inspire people to create, and translate their ideas into reality. Too much time on technological devices and the fact that we buy almost all of what we need rather than having to make it has deprived us of processes that provide pleasure, meaning and pride.
Research has shown that making things promotes psychological well-being and mental health. The creative process is important for happiness because when we make, repair or create things we feel vital and effective. It isn’t as much about reaching one’s potential as doing something interesting–less about ambition and more about living. When we are dissolved in a deeply absorbing task we lose self-consciousness and pass the time in a contented state.
In my newest project I recreated the northern lights, in moving, almost dancing fashion, the light reflects off the iridescent foil and spills over surrounding walls. I don’t focus on the final product, but on having fun and fully enjoying the process, improvising a lot along the way.
"To a mind that is still...
The whole universe surrenders" - Lao Tzu
I’m studying psychology, and take additional courses in design thinking (product development), entrepreneurship and marketing. I have wild ideas that have started accumulating once I fully dived into the creative process. I started seeing connections in seemingly disparate ideas, that combined leave people speechless.
I think the solutions to tomorrow’s problems will require cross-functional approaches involving multiple disciplines to redefine problems outside normal boundaries and reach solutions based on a new understanding of complex situations. In other words, my art is built on the foundation of diverse fields and interests I’ve accumulated over the years and reflects a vision towards integrating and collaborating on projects and the free flow of ideas.
My whole philosophy can be summarized in the following quote, one that gave me permission to start on my own. Whenever I feel like giving up I repeat it to myself.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marriane Williamson