The visual artist Sjulle is a genius playing with colours and abstract motifs on different media such as clothing, ceramics and canvas. We have chatted with her on life, art and being a creative professional.
How and when did your passion for art and visual expressions start?I have always had an interest in the creative world. I live in Copenhagen, and am a graduate of the Art Academy in Australia, Perth. I have lived in many countries and traveled around the world. I am also a trained visual arts teacher, educator as well as (Living Yolates) instructor where I have studied art therapy, Greek philosophy and psychoanalysis. All my education gives me inspiration to my art and my interior.
How do you relate to your own work, and where do you find inspiration?My art is about whether my heart likes my work, if YES, there is only one way to go and that is with the heart's path. If my soul likes my work, it is simply about how honest I am with myself. Simply put, follow the heart, soul and intuition. Art and emotions are inextricably linked. The mere fact that we are looking at a painting means that we are having an aesthetic experience. But what is aesthetics? It is very individual from person to person. I don't create art to get likes, I create art because I can't help it. My ego is on standby when I first get started. This in itself is a liberation. My sometimes wild, erotic, humorous, surprising and extraordinary art creates an interesting mood and outrage. I am very intrigued by the alternative world, deep intensity, cruelty, and vulnerability that lie in the intimate of being a human in a carnal body on this cold earth, both alone and with other people. I also create art on ceramics, paintings and drawings / illustrations, a diversity of materials and subjects in a psychedelic mix. I try to recreate my subconscious, my dreams, my everyday life, my erotic desires in my art.
What is the dream for your career as artist?Denmark is a small privileged country, and it offers the opportunity to unfold also financially. However, I could use more openness and flexibility and curiosity in relation to each other, the art, the inner and outer world. My dream is to become a world renowned and traveled artist and to exhibit in a lot of different places, both in Denmark and the world - so that I can inspire with my art, process and energy, in places where I also get inspired by meeting people, their process and culture.
How do you use colours in your work, and what does the use of colours do to you?What I would like to convey in my art is to bring a kind of reaction and feeling to the viewer, and the expressionist and abstract style opens my pictures to several possible interpretations. A picture can tell tens of thousands of stories, which is what I find most exciting. I usually use many colours. I am hugely attracted to the universe of colours. The colours give me oxygen and make me breathe.
My art’s raw realism contemplated by a constant stream of subconsciousness and symbolism delves the viewer deep into my universe of staring eyes, soft shapes, skulls, animal organs and creatures. Everything is served with some warmth and humour, if I may say so myself. I try to combine fine lines, details, layers, expressive orgies of colour and spiritual erotic undertones in one. Dreamy landscapes, evenings, magical encounters and travels are conveyed in the many layers of the imagination. The viewer chooses where to subconsciously travel, quickly or slowly, to discover an almost fluid world where the art piece and the viewer's imagination merge.
How do you relate to your passion and your business during the current COVID-19 crisis?I am keeping relatively calm and isolated in my atelier.
But what will the crisis do to my business? … Yes, over just a few days the World has turned upside down, and many of the liberties, we have taken for granted all our lives, are suddenly stripped away. No one is invulnerable and we are all humans that can take a hit on something so fragile as our livelihood, lose the ones we love or what we own. So, I spend my time alone in my atelier putting things in perspective, work, and process my own and our collective confusion, discomfort and pause by painting pieces that revolve around the COVID-19. When that is said, I feel blessed to born in a place like Denmark.
I have no idea how I financially will cope with the crisis, but I will keep painting and being in that process and know that this crisis is just the beginning of something new.
Is there anything else that you’re also passionate about at the moment?I am passionate about my health, the psyche, the spiritual- and alternative Universe. All animals on Earth and all our super amazing trees and plants. I'm intrigued by how everything is connected, how everything is energy, and by how we all are one - and then I love UFOs and starpeople!
Passion; also known as dedication, as hunger, it is the desire to destroy oneself for one’s art. To tear down, move, or start over in order to rebuild and expand. The feeling of not being able to let go. It is a human condition that most are bound by.
Even though we are JUST human, JUST women, JUST female, we all have that drive that makes us ‘more than’. It is what makes us-, our stories-, and our creations unique. From a job, to a child, to a hobby gone wild, we, and you, are more than JUST female. We have gathered some of the most inspiring Danish women that we know for a talk about passion, creativity, and the balance between worklife and homelife.
Let their inspiring stories, trials and errors be a reminder that we all can struggle, we can fail, but something will always have us return to that same place of passion. And maybe the point is not necessarily to succeed, but to have given it your all, and grown in the process.