TINA WILLGREN

Thursday 12/15/16 time 2:08 PM


 photo: Tina on the right
tina_willgren_on_the_right_400.jpg
Background as an artist? 
When growing up, my family was very creative. My parents painted, sewed and made music. They were also politically engaged and we moved around a lot. Art became a natural way for me to process and engage with a mysterious and confusing world. During my years at art school I got into video, which I still primarily work with. I make exhibitions and participate in video festivals. 

How did you end up choosing your media? 
I was a painter to begin with, and experimented a lot with different techniques during my art school years. I also liked dance, and when I later on found video it was just perfect. I'm drawn to working with movement and atmosphere, and to combine images, sounds and text. 

What do you find as the best and worst sides of being an artist? 
I feel alive; it's as if I always have to use my capacities to the fullest. It's also one of few occupations in which following impulses are an important part of the work. (Most situations demand some kind of reliability, responsibility and predictability of me). The emotional swings can be tricky though, something might feel great one day and really bad the next. There aren't really any stable reference points. On one hand, I have to trust my emotions to be able to do the work, on the other; I have to distrust them if I'm getting into an overly self critical loop. 

Is this your first time in Finland?
I've visited Finland quite a few times, since it is so close to Sweden. 

What kind of expectations did you have about 
Finland/ Joutsa? 
I like 
Finland a lot. It's similar to Sweden, but somehow different. Joutsa is about the size of the village I’m originally from. It feels strangely familiar, although the nature around here is much more idyllic. 

What are the best sides / opportunities in having an art residency? 
It's so great to have a period of time away from the everyday life, too meet other artists and to have a possibility for concentrated work. 

What are your plans after Haihatus? 
At the moment I'm preparing a video for a video wall at an American university, which will be screened in the summer. Besides that, I´m sketching on some ideas, but haven't yet decided which one to go for. 

How does Haihatus meet your expectations? 
I love it here, it's welcoming and relaxed! I´m here for one month, but would have liked to stay longer. 


Leave a comment


Name:*

Website address:

E-mail address:

Notify me about comments made to this blog post

Site Meter