𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚖𝚊𝚍𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚖,
𝙵𝚎𝚎𝚝 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚝𝚘𝚞𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚝𝚝𝚘𝚖, 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚋𝚕𝚞𝚎,
𝙻𝚊𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚜, 𝚋𝚞𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎,
𝙷𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚗 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚜𝚎𝚝, 𝚠𝚊𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚔 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐,
𝙴𝚡𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚎𝚗.
𝙼𝚢 𝚖𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝. 𝙾𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚌 𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝙸 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚐𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚒𝚝 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚌𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚏𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜. 𝙸 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚋𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚙𝚑𝚘𝚝𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚢 𝚊𝚜 𝚠𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚜 𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚘, 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚘𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚞𝚍𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗.
𝙱𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚋𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚛𝚞𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏-𝚍𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚘𝚙𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝚖𝚢 𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚊 𝚐𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚔𝚕𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚜. 𝙰𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚠𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚖𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚍𝚘 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖.
This is secondary although a background to who I am and what brought me to art is neccesary to get a more intimate relationship to my creative production.
I was born and raised in Sweden, in a little town north of Stockholm. Trying to find my path, whether it was to pursue my attraction to nature or the pursuit to draw what comes out of me when I´m in it was hard for some time. I tried studying Science of Forestry before turning to Economics which later brought me to the arts and the move to Prague.
Like every other person here I have dealt with personal distress and when I went back into the arts through the lens of my camera or the edge of my charcoal pen, I found a way to face it, move forward and process life as it was happening and not what has already happened.
Currently I am half way through my Visual Art studies at Anglo-American University in Prague. Surrounded by the art Prague has to offer I find myself inspired both by its cultural history and nature that surrounds it as well as its many talented artists like Kupka, Sima and especially Schiele who shows the intimate moments of sexuality and subconsciousness.
An Eco-Art Piece
In the Winter of 2019 I made an Eco-Art piece, critizing the way of fishing and maintaing Carp, One of Czechia´s most common Christmas foods.
In a study brought forward by Brno University in 2007, where they would measure the total mercury level and Methylmercury level in the waterways of the Czech Republic they found a significant amount in the Vltava River. Before listing amounts of mercury one should know that US EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) has set a level of mercury in fish that is safe for humans to eat. According to the Agency 0.1 micrograms per kilo of body weight is a safe level, meaning that if you weigh 60 kilos, a tolerable amount is approximately 0.6 milligrams of mercury per kilo fish. In the study by Brno University while sampling chub (Leuciscus cephalus L) an amount between 0.68 and 0.73 milligrams of Mercury per kilo was found in the Vltava river. Mercury has been found to cause nerve diseases and problems with reproduction, especially with females and miscarriage (PETA).
Another article that pollutes especially the Vltava is microplastics. Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic, less than five millimeters and could come from a variety of sources. From large plastic debris that has been turned into smaller pieces to polyethylene that has its source in e.g. beauty products (NOAA). Greenpeace recently did one of their bigger campaigns, Plast je past in Prague studying and measuring the microplastics in the center of Prague and nearby locations, following the Vltava. They found out that there on average about 3.7 pieces of plastic per liter and a high of 18 pieces was measured in Labe (Greenpeace.org). Microplastics mixes with the other food sources and so through that goes into the fish digestion system where it cannot be processed and can lead to their death, especially for premature fish (National Geographic).
Furthermore and the most threatening to the fish and us humans are the PCB or polychlorinated biphenyls levels. In a study of central European rivers including the Vltava, published by the European Union, we can see that the amount of PCB in the river that runs through Prague reaches the level of 103 ng/grams (Dioxins and PCBs in solid matter from the river Elbe, its tributaries and the North Sea, 2011). PCB in general terms a chemical used in the process and production of electronic components and hydraulic systems due to its chemical stability and heat resistance between the 1930-1980s and in 1985 they were finally extremely restricted (European Environmental Commission). The chemical is still active due to its accumulation in sediment. This man-made chemical causes cancer, mutations and infertility in both animals, fish and humans.