But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never grasp the rose. --Anne Bronte--
This week I came across a young lady, Ida Ekblad born in Oslo, Norway. She is a painter, sculptor, publisher, music producer, curator, designer, and if that weren't enough, she also writes. Her sources of inspiration include folk art, fashion, garbage, Samuel Beckett (Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary translator. A resident of Paris for most of his adult life, he wrote in both English and French youth culture, the natural forces of the elements), Gena Rowlands, traditional crafts, and the likes.
Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, with a master of arts in 2007, Ekblad exhibits at home and abroad. Her recent works are often interpreted as showing her desire to work freely and playfully based on established art forms. She often mixes poetry, discarded materials, and paintings in large installations. She excels in creating compelling visuals combined with playful and accurate looks at popular culture and art history.₂
Central to her work is everyday life [sic] as an imposition, but also conveying grace; as a voracious monster and a source of happiness; as a disaster and a glimmer of hope—for in Ekblad's view, everything is full of promise, including art.₁
Chosen as Artist of the Week 170 in "The Guardian," the article shows a propensity to Spontaneity as central to this young artist, whose work consists of whatever she finds in the moment. For Ekblad – and the same is true for the postwar Cobra artists whose paintings she references in her bold, expressionist canvasses – spontaneity is all-important. It's no surprise that Ekblad also writes poetry, an art form that – with its repeating rhythms and rhymes, or clashing forms – guides her sculptures and paintings. Her artworks have astonishingly lyrical titles.₃ I urge you to read the complete article in The Guardian to find out more about this fascinating young lady. It will be well worth your time.
I'd like to end this week's column with a few thoughts. Often many of us fail to realize how lucky we are. Blessed to be alive. Lucky to be free. Lucky to have a chance at happiness. At life. It has been quite a week. A week of extreme sadness for the loss of life and growing hatred and division. Many follow leaders …. Even if those leaders fail to lead or lead through fear. Never a good combination. We the people must rise against the hatred and violence, and the misinformation promulgated throughout. Because in the end :
Wishing you a happy, prosperous, and fantastic week, Namaste!
Ida Ekblad: FRA ÅRE TIL OVN | Atelierforart.cz. https://www.atelierforart.cz/en/event-pro/ida-ekblad-fra-are-til-ovn-
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