Interviews | September 10, 2020 |

Interview Ingunn Glomnes Johansen
Image courtesy of Ingunn Glomnes Johansen

Interview: Ingunn Glomnes Johansen
Luca Curci talks with Ingunn Glomnes Johansen during ALCHEMIC BODY at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.

I started my formal art education at Einar Granum art school in Oslo (1983) and have since been to a number of different courses, schools and art genre. Like many other women, I got married, had children and my work as an artist was put on hold. After a period of 2007-2016 where I mainly spent time on different types of glasswork, I went back to full-time art school for one year and nowadays I work mostly with painting and graphics. I was born in 1960, live and work in Oslo, Norway. I work with painting, graphics and sculpture/casting/installation and glass.

Interview Ingunn Glomnes Johansen
Image courtesy of Ingunn Glomnes Johansen

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Ingunn Glomnes Johansen – To me, art is communicative. The work has to invite to communication and engagement.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
IGJ – I am currently working on the preparation of paintings and graphics for a separate exhibition in 2020, with the theme “belonging”.

Interview Ingunn Glomnes Johansen
Image courtesy of Ingunn Glomnes Johansen

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
IGJ – I find inspiration in my life and in my reactions to what I see around me. I am concerned with man’s longing to understand his own life. I like to mix the figurative with the non-figurative by trying out different techniques on veneer, canvas, cardboard, collage and assembly techniques. This is to investigate how different materials work / do not work together.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
IGJ – My creative process starts when I see or feel something I want to express. I can find this in nature, in the interaction between people, really everywhere. Then I start working; making sketches, take notes and trying out different techniques in the same theme. I started my art education a long time ago, but it was put on hold. Finally, I have the time to be a full-time artist, so now it’s all about doing the work and the most difficult part; getting it out. Financially, I think it is as difficult today to live as an artist as it has always been.

LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
IGJ – Yes, in a way they are. The theme is about man’s sense of desolation and his quest for belonging.

Interview Ingunn Glomnes Johansen
Image courtesy of Ingunn Glomnes Johansen

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
IGJ – I like the theme of the festival because it is open and allows for different interpretations.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
IGJ – The painting I chose to exhibit is titled “Let go”. It is about everything that hinders us to be free. The girl is not separated, but a part of her surroundings she tries to get rid of. So I think it fits the festival’s theme.

Interview Ingunn Glomnes Johansen
Image courtesy of Ingunn Glomnes Johansen

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID Group?
IGJ – I think the service you provide is responsive and professional.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
IGJ – I believe that ITSLIQUID Group is important for artists. In this way, we have the opportunity to be introduced, represented with our works and made visible.

Interview Ingunn Glomnes Johansen
Image courtesy of Ingunn Glomnes Johansen
Interview Ingunn Glomnes Johansen
Image courtesy of Ingunn Glomnes Johansen

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