Swedish artist Anneè Olofsson
Anneè Olofsson is from the small town of Hässleholm in the south of Sweden, but currently based in the capital, Stockholm. Prior to this she lived in NYC where she came for a scholarship at ISCP, and her road to becoming an acclaimed artist has taken her to various places around the world, degrees & studies and grants & awards are all ticked off her list.
Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?
I guess from the day I was born. I never wanted to be anything else. I studied for 6 years in the Art Academy in Oslo (MFA) and before that I did 2 years of art preschool.
How would you describe your art?
My art has a penetrating quality, which makes it hard to wink at. With an iconography that carnally and directly comments on the tension between detachedness and affinity, time and aging, I work primarily with analogue photography and video, occasionally and more often even sculpture. I return repeatedly to my own body as an unrestricted artistic tool. My parents have had important roles in my stagecraft as well. Bodies become symbols, which tell not only of our inscrutability, but of our human limitations as well. In my space, persons are tightly bound within a compact blackness, and the human presence therein has the power to instil as much life as death into spatiality.
Can you tell us about the process of making your work?
I am looking and searching in the familiar - that what is close and recognizable and there somewhere in all that I find the bigger picture, the world and all that happens there that lures its way into the small and familiar world and that gives a way of universal understanding where we all can mirror ourselves. I observe and study our daily life takes it to a cliff and let it fall free. What happens when things occurs different then we expected…relationships, dreams, fears and so on.
There is a lot of research involved and time is very important to me.
What has been your proudest moment?
In the art: When I started working with Marianne Boesky Gallery in NYC and when I was included in the permanent collection at MoMA.
Private: When my daughter was born.
What are the biggest challenges working as an artist?
Making money, having enough time and keeping up, being a woman artist in her 50s is hard, we need to work much harder to stay in business
Where are you exhibiting next?
Bangkok Art Biennale, Washington DC x 2 (The Phillips Collection and at The American University Katzen Museum of Art)
What other artist do you admire?
Oh that’s a hard question I like a lot of artists but for different reasons for ex contemporary artists like Mark Manders, Ugo Rondione, Sophie Calle a.o but I have always been more interested in older art like many of the master painters etc.
What´s the dream?
I live my dream in a way, I have my family and my art…but to have a solo show at MoMA before I die would be the dream of dreams.
What piece of your artwork would you like to be remembered for?
Hard to say…most of them I hope but if I have to pick only one it should be the photograph ”Ai” since it has a connection to me experience 9/11 in NYC. And in a way it concludes my entire art practice.
What is your greatest indulgence in life?
My family and friends no doubt.
See more of Anneè at www.anneeolofsson.com