Swedish multimedia artist Meline Höijer Schou has been stirring the pot with her work, exploring the role of an artist, decision making and confronting thoughts, feelings and actions. Learn about her work in our Winter 2015 issue, where you can also watch her short films.
Her film, see you in my art, based off of our interview with her, was nominated in several film festivals just last year! We're thrilled she's joined our retrospective with Artist is injured - state of our affairs, now on view as part of Gathering: A Venison Magazine Retrospective!
"I also love the idea that artwork can be truly versatile. Conditions and people change and so do my paintings apparently, as of lately. They evolved and thus survived." - Meline Hoijer Schou -Winter 2015
I want to capture the critical moment before the explicit outcome of a decision is possible to ascertain. I want to leave room for a great deal of ambivalence in the spectator. We don´t always make it easy on ourselves. But we communicate. Somehow. Autonomous from spatial realities.
Art as interactive speech bubbles. I adore the beauty of the uncouth and the slightly crude. I guess that´s why the knife is my tool when painting. I find knives easy to control and I love the sharpness, the edginess of its proceedings within the texture of the paint. To control it I have to hold my breath, so we´re both under an equal amount of pressure. Truce as an art form. When working with photography or making short films, I pretty much behave in the same way, I don’t look for absolute cleanliness. I want a certain amount of edge to remain. To cause some trouble. To stir something.
I want to pose questions, I don´t provide answers.
Meline Höijer Schou