Artist of the Month – Emelie Markgren
Stockholm Landscapes that can be seen from the Tower
After growing up in Hälsingland and working in Stockholm, Emelie Markgren is now studying Fine Arts at the Royal Institute for Art in Stockholm. She does performances, choreography, painting and sculptures. She uses her landscapes for inspiration to practice her more experimental work. Emelie’s artistic practice is about exploring contemporary, everyday rituals.
“By examining and abstracting processes, movements in space, events and human activities, I am testing to find my own artistic practice, hoping to eventually add something to the art world”
Pictures by Torbjörn Ingvarsson
When did you know you wanted to become an artist?
Already when I was in kindergarten I dreamed of being an artist. Already since then it was decided that was what I wanted to do and to direct my life towards.
How did you develop your style as an artist?
My style has developed from landscapes to abstract to something completely different. Landscape art is something that has helped me discover the different world of images. My other (contemporary) work is influenced by certain social phenomena which i’m interested in. Through the years I’ve practiced and worked with different style and now my nisch is what it is today.
What is art and why is it important to you?
I believe art is important because it gets us thinking outside of the box. Art can shed light on unknown problems or philosophical ideas and can expand people’s views on their surroundings and themselves. Art goes in the mix of society and helps create new ideas which help with societal development both locally and globally. Art is the key to the future.
Are there any artists who inspire you?
I try to avoid being inspired or influenced by other artists but all artists and artistic movements I have seen through my life have ofcourse affected what I do. One specific artist who has inspired me a lot is Mika Rottenberg because she is a brave artist who does exactly as she likes and works without restrictions of the norms and ideals of today. I like the way she works and she makes really interesting productions.
Have you ever done anything political or influenced by social injustices/questions?
Yes, everything you do in art is one way or another political once you connect it to society. I usually don’t work with political issues but a while ago me and my art colleague, Nora Boestad did a performance together where we painted mascara on each other but not on the eye lashes – more our faces, the air and the floors. This was a statement against the beauty industry and the fixation for superficial beauty.