Interview: Lise Lykke
Luca Curci talks with Lise Lykke during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
Lise Lykke is married, with 3 children and grandchildren. She studied to be a nurse and has been working with anaesthesia and pain treatment. Also she works spiritually, among other things she does palmreadings. More than 20 years ago she started to experience painting and colors, the astrology was the very beginning. She has taken some courses on her way, when she felt for it and needed some professionalism. She has had many exhibitions at cafes, hospitals, art organizations, galleries in DK, New York, Miami, Venice. Now, she is preparing an art exhibition in Lisboa.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Lise Lykke – To me art is a creative space, where I can feel free to do whatever I want to do – I feel free to work/think/feel/be creative and use my fantasy and imagination. On my own terms. Art is also a way to see the world upside/down, and to have free thoughts and discussions, without limits, censorship and lack of freedom of expression. To see work from other artist inspires me and give other angles to my own work. Also comments form people studying my work, is useful. I listen to what they say and keep it in my mind. But it does not change the way I work. Also I get inspired from my surroundings. The nature, adventures, fairy tales. Mountains, rivers, birds and ants and any other living creature. Other people, emotions, music. Anything can be painted. I prefer big, colorful paintings and to work expressively.
LC – What are you currently working on?
LL – I am currently working with two themes: the usual, big and colorful paintings (and also sometimes smaller like 30×30 cm), and bridges – I go out in the city/nature and find bridges, any kind, draw them precisely with pencil on a little paper. Then I god to my studio and transfer the little drawing to a bigger canvas and expressively add on colors. A challenge for me.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any? What is your creative process like?
LL – I began to paint in 1998 inspired by my astrological studies. My astrology teacher asked me to follow my creativity, an ability I knew nothing else about. I started painting, and my first 10 pictures depicted astrology and the strength of each of the 10 planets used in astrology. I have been painting ever since then, and today I work with acrylic and canvas or paper, creating big and colorful pictures. Playing with the colors is a constant source of joy and pleasure for me. Every time I start with a new canvas or paper, I’m curious to see what’s coming. The process is unpredictable and the result as well. Shapes and colors. Small creatures, angels and birds. Sun sea, mountains, flowers, trees. Faces with big eyes and features that comes from a distant past or another planet. It grows as I work, and when I find it in the picture, I grap it and shape it. We collaborate, the image and I, or I leave it alone and let the colors come out with their own symphonies and compositions.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
LL – I am not sure I had a specific message in my paintings for the exhibition. Though I try to expose joy and happiness and to give people pleasure looking at my work. And to let them think about there really are no limits when you want to express yourself.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
LL – I think you have a very good and interesting platform, showing your ideas well. You have a fine service, and you helped me well about practical things to prepare for the exhibition.