Box blog April 13th 2018 (244254)
In May 2016 right after I was in Milano receiving The Art and Science Award I dued ilness proclaimed a 1 1/2 year break in my international artistically career.
"Time Out" is over! ...
2 months ago I started submitting new artworks for art juries.
Therfore, I now have 4 artworks out on exhibitions.
2 of my other artworks, "Taste of Sunset" and "Weekend with Dad" (Se picture) are on a juried exhibition at Limner Gallery at Manhattan, New York, USA....... Inspiration? ... Experiences from a boat trip last year. I don' t drink alcohol, so while everybody else on board drank wine I was watching the sunset through a glas of blackcurrant syrup.
Until Dec 10th. 2017 2 Artworks, of mine, "No!1" and "No!2" are exhibited at The Museum Of New Networked Art, in Buenos Aires in Argentina. Artworks are in my "Abandoned" illustration line and they are on a show focusing on the world wide problem: Violence towards young girls and women. Inpiration? Well, I am an visual artist, so I express my self and my own experiences from earlier in life in my art.. - and I don' t have to hashtag it "meetoo" to explain anything and I don' t have a personal revenge need to hang out the persons who did it to me.
So I exhibit both my suffering and my hedonism right now.
What I didn´t expect 1 1/2 year ago was that I during the unravelling of my disease and my surgery for Primary Hyperparathyreoidims would be hit by fate again.
In August 2016, I was subjected to an accident which now almost 16 months after still prevent me from being able to eat and swallow normal food in a normal way. The muscles in my gullet and the top of my stomach are paralyzed. I can only swallow liquid food and each time I have eaten I fell like I have ran a full Marathon. My muscles in my gullet need reconvalenscence between each swallow of small servings of liquid food in order to get better, which means 1 teaspoon full food every 5 minutes through the day have to be swallowed.
I am SO tired at a time in my life where I after 20 years of illness finally expected that I could go out and enjoy being social and free of pains. Instead I now have a life where it hurt almost every time I eat, I have to spend a lot of my time finding the right healthy ingredients for my food in order not to lose weight.
I don´t know anywhere in the world, where gallerists, curators or other exhibiton planners or any artist residences or hotels serve specially created liquid food, and I also don´t expect them to. The restaurant don´t have the rigth food. The liqiuid food ingredienst are difficult to find on most exhibiition areas, and there are no real kitchens at the hotel rooms where I can create my own food. I also need at least 4-7 days travel if I should participate in my own vernisages and exhibition openings, which then for me would mean 7 days without food.
Nobody can do that, so I am deeply sorry if also very shy I disappoint somebody staying away.
August 29th 2016 I wrote a Box-Blog named: "Accident, illnes and art." The essense of that one was that I promised you to come back "stronger than ever." I am sorry, I have to disappoint you there. I am making a come back, but what I couldn´t possibly know then was that I wouldn´t even get my normally strengh and energy back as a human being. Maybe never.
Somebody kicked me started again saying:
"Your art, Lisbet, is stronger and more touching than ever, your art hit over and over again the nail in themes, and you still have your amazing inborn artistically skills. You still become better and better, you have not topped yet. You have never been the social type of person. Participating in vernissages walking around in highheeled shoes with a little glass in your hands, smalltalking and looking fabulous have never suited you. That´s not why you are creating art."
Then this greatlooking, know-all attitude, lucky, destiny spoiled person with all the right network and meanings waltzed out of the room as another diva and went out to lend lustre to her 5th vernissage/ reception that week and left me back with my frustrations and my worries about if I be nailed to a stomack tube or not in the future.
She is right, except for one thing: I would spend my last dime for being at Manhattan in New York right now if I didn´t have to take care of myself, wait for more acute exminations and physician controls and if this paralyze of my gullet didn´t control my life 100%.
She is right in one thing: I don´t create art for the receptions and travels or in order to be "on" or to be famous "be a star". I create art because I cannot help doing it, I have the abilities to create it, an right now it is protecting me from going crazy, though it is almost impossible for me to concentrate creating art when I get interrupted every 5 minutes all day long for eating small servings, and I need a high level of concentration when I create my miniature artworks using my magnifying glasses. So all of you who look down on me and critisize me for having a small art production and creating small artworks: You don´t know what it taken me to get this far.
So thank you very much to all you understanding international juries, curators and gallerists who make this artistically come back of mine possible, and thereby are supporting me in TAKING BACK MY LIFE by selecting my artworks for your shows
If you don´t participate in life, you don´t have any.
More than 500 visitors have now got the short but nice version of my artist CV in Miniatureværkstedet in Tivoli. Thank you for visiting me, my 2 art exhibitions and my miniature gallery and my atelier at Tivoli, Copenhagen!
Actually, it now also has ended up in a movie created by a dedicated Danish photo journalist Klaus Moe on INSTAGRAM, together with some of my 400 hand crafted different unique witch tealight candle light bags:
Thank you very much, Klaus Moe.
It inspired my to create an INSTAGRAM profile myself, called: @larklisbet
where you from now can follow me create art almost anywhere from sitting freezing on a bale of straw in Copenhagen to .....yes, where to next? ........ - If you sit with my artist CV from Tivoli in your hands, first of all : Thank you for visiting me!
I am honored that some of you have travelled all the way from Lillehammer in Norway, Sydney in Australia, USA, Schwitzerland, South Africa an China, just in order to meet me and my art in original surroundings, my humble atelier where almost everything on this web-site created the last few years has been created. Also, I feel priviledged having visits from all kinds of people from very famous singers and actors to grandma´s with their grandchildren, parents, and miniaturists. Customers at age 6 years old to 90. Well Done in such a small cottage!
Weather or not I will come back to Tivoli next year, I don´t know for sure. Depends on you. If you sit with my artist CV in your hands and you would like me to create a miniature art exhibition in your city next summer or autumn, please, contact me know through the contact page of this wensite.
It takes me 1/2- 1 year to create an exhibition in the same professional artistically quality as in Tivoli and to fit it perfectly into YOUR surroundings. There are some limits: I don´t sit creating art outside in all kinds of weather and I don´t have energy to be present at the exhibition 14 hours a day, but otherwise I am ready for negotiations with other exiting places for next autumn.
Meanwhile, I do as earlier announced: Begin sending out my miniatures for art juries. I have a limited art production as I am a multi-faceted artist, and there are not much places or juried exhibitions in Denmark for miniature art, so I only make entries for special miniature exhibitions where the juries wants to see art from an artist who has developed 11 naturalistic illistration lines from being an abstract painter. There are some out there. A few. More than I can reach to mobilize or make art for, actually, but at least I try.
While I have been at Tivoli, 2 of my newest miniature artworks, which I created and sent out of Denmark in early October, has reached their destination on the other side of the Earth. A museum exhibition in Argentina, where they as far as I know now are ready for a serious theme exhibition from the end of November. Impacting artworks, you know, some illustrating hard hurting feelings and actions, which are difficult to express on art... I havde done it again..... Done something, you just don´t do or show as a woman.... So when my solo exhibitions in funny Tivoli, "Blood Moon" and "Med Lup og Blyant," with the satire posterwork of mine, ends on Sunday Nov 5th. 2017, and have to leave the front page of gallerioctopusdart.dk heading for the meny item "Other Exhibitions," the administrators of this web-site become busy re-designing our front page.
We simply switch over to Argentina and a very serious world-wide problem.... Quickly...
The night before September 28th 2015 I had an amazing experience. The alluring moon over Copenhagen was hugh, and the red orange light from it was flickering from the shadows when bats and other flying objects passing it in the starry night.
Whatching it, I knew that some day very near, my life would be turned up-side down, I also knew that I one day would use this beautiful calming experience as an inspiration for new artworks.
- and I will: During the first 4-5 days of my exhibition "Med lup og Blyant" in my live workshop and miniature gallery, Miniatureværkstedet, in Tivoli in Copenhagen, I will hand cut og create 200 pieces of different unique paper art mini candles light bags and try to recreate the calming magic atmosphere and spirit from that particular night.
You can read more about this live event of mine here:
Also International Associations of Paper Makers and Paper Artists have written about my paper art event, "Blood Moon" in Tivoli:
My miniature art exhibition "Med Lup og Blyant" in Tivoli includes both my paper art (crafts), my miniature fine arts down to scale 1:12 paintings and as someting very new, my handmade mini- and miniature crafts world, which you find more about here:
The exhibition will be followed by no less than 6 new art card publications with some of my 11 illustration lines and crafts, cards for almost all occations, all for sale from my litlle cottages in Tivoli.
I will create and handmade my mini candle light bags with different bats, witches in different ages, shapes and personalities and maybe a scull or two for a variation in my working process. All of them will be for sale in my small cottage, Miniatureværkstedet, in the village next to the Pantomime theatre.
After 20 years with a disiase making it almost impossible for me to concentrate with other people around me, I had a life turning surgery last year. I am now giving myself this ultimate concentration challenge creating a quiet "Slow Corner" in the middle of 500.000 visitors in the old garden, where it is possible to deepen and go forrest baby hunting in the underwood. It could be a perfect activity for family members who are afraid of Halloween, maybe while other family members are visiting the new attraction in the Tivoli Gardens: Det Hjemsøgte Børnehjem. (The hauntedchildren´s home).
When you visit Miniatureværkstedet, please, bring your own magnifying glasses!
You can also follow my activities in Tivoli on Miniatureværkstedets FACEBOOK-page:
Some people are worried about about payment possibilities in such a small cottage. Well, don´t worry! We have almost all kinds of modern card payment installed and right now I am also working on getting Mobile Pay.
Also some people have asked me where to find me on the Culture Night in Copenhagen, Oct 13th 2017, with free admission at all museums in Copenhagen, if you have a Culture Night Pass.
Well, see you in Tivoli!
Best regards Lisbet Lark.
I almost forgot the keyword for this blog.
I feel good. Never felt better, actually.
A lot of people here in Denmark laughed at me when I pronounced that I would create a combined miniature art, miniature crafts and miniature design exhibition in a mixed atelier / gallery somewhere in the city of Copenhagen. But now that we have published that it will be at Tivoli, a calm, beautiful and quiet corner of Copenhagen, and my event website www.miniaturevaerkstedet.dk has reached over 1000 uniques visitors, nobody laughs anymore. Except for me. I ENJOY my working with this event and I am looking forward to meet you all in Copenhagen.
All medically heath care examinations and "maybe"- surgeries in my gullet has been postponed till after I have been in Tivoli, making it possible for me to concentrate 100% on creating arts and crafts for this exhibition. I am even planning an extraordinary opening event, which will soon be published:
I haven´t sent anything in / out for international art juries in 2017, museum exhibitions or travelling exhibitions because I wanted to focus 100% on creating this new workshop- and exhibition concept of mine.
I have never had so much fun in my life. This way of working is just "me." Working this way having a production- and flexible private period by myself followed by an "being on 12 hours a day" period fits perfectly into my private life and health rigth now, as I am not the type who needs to be "on" all the time. I love creating my own new little imaginary world and the coorperation with the Tivoli-people until now, too.
On beforehand, I couldn´t help creating and new artworks and designs all the time, I get new ideas all the time and finally I have come into a very creative supporting surrounding concept in DK, where it is OK to get funny ideas and be an original.
It is much better to be a good original than being a bad copy, so everything in my Miniatureværkstedet in Tivoli will be created by my hands and unique.
I feel like a fish in the water!