Interview with Lena Lindahl

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 09.09.2015
Interview with Lena Lindahl.
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 The themes and issues I implement in jewellery are universal, for instance the human evolution, death, physics.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized?                                                                        
Not at all, the jewellery fields are flourishing.

What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
In my own work I often use objects and materials found when I walk on the cliffs and beaches of Styrsö island. The themes and issues I implement in jewellery are universal, for instance the human evolution, death, physics.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I don’t work with expectations, but I do have the ambition to make people think, feel and reflect. 

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
When I make an exhibition I can mix jewellery with sculptures and paintings, the focus is on the theme as such and on the exhibition as a whole.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
I gorge myself on politics, news, science and art but what always makes me happy are all the wonderful little things my children come up with. 

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Homo Sapiens flagship discipline is creativity. I can get overwhelmed, amused or even frightened but very seldom surprised. Having a special interest in the human evolution and nature I have also read a lot on the subject. Therefore it is wherever or whenever there is no creativity to be seen that I raise an eyebrow.
Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
I am a great fan of Peter Doig and was lucky to see his wonderful huge paintings at Lousiana Art Museum lately.

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
I don’t see that different pieces preferring one another they rather contribute in individual ways and manners to my life experience. When it comes to satisfaction in my own work it is being in the state of flow. Flow is essential to all kinds of creative disciplines which is often mentioned and praised. I can recommend reading Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi the man who coined the expression "Flow" and the Swedish neuroscientist Fredrik Ullén.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Whenever there are open seminars and events nearby I try to attend.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
My first thought is change. 
We are facing turbulent times. Climate changes, population changes, political changes, religious changes, economical changes are all ongoing.
Of course art will reflect and take part in these changes. I hope to se and make a lot of full-blooded and passionate art.