Name: Ellen Wilberg
Birthday: 17. December
How would you define yourself as an artist? This is an almost impossible question, but for now I’ll go for emotive watercolorist.
Why art? How did you get involved with art? Art has been the one thing that stuck around and always felt right. It has been a kind of therapy for me for many years.
What art do you most identify with? Melancholic art and art with a feeling that is hard to explain to others, that transcends genres.
What does “being creative” mean to you? It means taking what you know to create something new, to solve problems and explore. And most of all, having fun.
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative? Sketch more! This is really so important.
What are you trying to communicate with your art? Mostly I don’t try to consciously communicate anything. But I often see that I convey different feelings from myself in different pieces. Though I prefer to let the viewer decide what that feeling is. I also want to convey a timeless and dreamlike quality.
What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually? I think my simple compositions and how I am able to convey different emotions is the biggest strengths.
What themes do you pursue? The themes are mostly about emotions; loneliness, melancholy, hope, my inner life.
What inspires you to work? Everyday life, other people’s art, books, my own urges to create.
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Book: I read a lot, so here’s a few.” Coraline” by Neil Gaiman, “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare, “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton.
Favorite Movie: I rarely watch something more than once, but some favorites are anything Star Wars, 500 Days of Summer, The Danish Girl, A Beautiful Mind. Mean Girls is also a classic!
Favorite Food: Bananas. They are so versatile!
Favorite Quote: “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”
Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start? It can start in a few different ways. Often I am just sketching and something will happen that feels right and I go from there. Other times it is just triggered by something, a color, an object, and my mind conjures up something I have to explore further.
What Role does the artist have in society? The artist has several roles I think. One is to be socially conscious and comment on society. Another way is to provide beauty to those who need it.
Do you suffer for your art? I try to avoid it, but I do at times. Insecurity and doubts is ever present, and it can take over at times. But mostly I try to keep it fun and light for myself.
What do you think about the art community and market? My experience of the art community is mostly positive. With people supporting each other and cheering each other on. Though I know there are not so nice sides to the community too. I don’t know much about the art market, but I do know it’s a tough one!
Should art be funded? Why? Yes! We all need art in our lives. I think especially arts for kids needs to be funded. Art builds creative thinking and self esteem, two very important aspects in any job.
What famous artists have influenced you, and how? Many art nouveau artists have influenced me, like Mucha, Aubrey Beardsley, with their lovely lines and organic shapes. Also Scandinavian illustrators have influenced me a lot with their gorgeous moods and simple compositions.
What other interests do you have outside of art? I love reading, crochet, photography, tv shows and history.
You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today? I’m afraid I mostly see work online these days. I wish I was able to go see more exhibitions in person!
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art? It would be very empty and I would lose my sense of purpose.
Some short questions now…
Colours: Pink, gold, purple, turquoise
Textures: Moss, cat fur, glitter, granulating watercolors
Describe your style: A lot of black and dark colors, dresses, boots and long cardigans, silver jewellery and blonde/pink hair.
Define your art: I like the definition a fellow artist: Tiny glimpses of fairytales
Art Fairs: Never been to one
Museums: Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam
Cities: Prague, Brugge and Amsterdam
Travels: Visiting friends in Belgium and Netherlands
Music: Florence +the machine, Ellie Goulding, Sia, Adele, Lana Del Rey, The Shins, Fleetwood Mac, Queen,
Who are the artist’s you admire the most? In no particular order and only a fraction: James Jean, Jeremy Mann, Kari-Lise Alexander, Stephanie Law, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Rovina Cai, Brynn Elisabeth,
What are your next projects? This years focus is to sketch, explore and to fill an entire sketchbook and hopefully grow.