Box Blog Feb 9th 2020 (352852)
Happy New Year!
...... - Also to those of you who celebrated it at the end of january, especially to those of you who
celebrated it in January, and to those of you whose country is burning.
Really, you need some good and positive vibrations and thoughts sent in your direction.
It is a terrible world we live in.
A terrible situation you are in.
But a small spot on the map cannot keep on trying to save the whole world, being blamed for
what individuals have done and take responsibility for the suffering of the rest of the world.
We can only support you where you are, hope you get back on track quickly.
I hope you all get well soon, have the opportunity to resume your life and go after your
My husband and I have been dreaming and working the last few years to create an opportunity to have more space, where we could both live and work on reduced time,
because we are getting older and I do not have the health to the daily travel 150 - 200km
back and forth by bus and train to get me a proper place with the space needed to do my art. Like other visual artists I need to be able to work when the ideas
and inspiration come. There was no room for it in Copenhagen. So we have completely
renovated our small study apartments we lived in in Copenhagen, sold them and in the fall of 2019 we bought and took over a mini-palace in a kingsvillage in Denmark.
After 1 ½ week we got a big sewer break, had to move our belongings out again until it was repaired, but now we have moved
in again and have started renovating the partly listed building from 1916. Besides the sewer
break, quickly, we realized that the atmospheric house in all its authentic charm offered several unforeseen
renovation, maintenance and renovation tasks, including the replacement of doors, windows and floors, etc.,
before coming up with just a fairly normal standard of living and a presentable interior and exterior.
So we have prioritized that one of us, me, is the co-ordinator of the renovation projects, and therefore my outgoing artistic activities further
diminish for a period, while the other one, my husband, has accepted the 1/3 time driver job he was offered by his employer in this beautiful
We had a horrible start in the house, but the locals and our new neighbors have been exceptionally nice to us, welcomed
us and kept us up when it was worst.
Now we have started with the hall and the entrance in this wonderful time pocket of a villa. My husband wants one of my many sky paintings
6 meters up there under the roof. On the photo shown in this blog, the ceiling painting is not finished yet.
Have to go and finish it!
... Still writing on this blog, please, visit when I am finished... have some tecnically troubles..
In a week, Sept 14th 2019, one of my artworks, "Breakfast in the Valley of Svartinge" is being published as an illustration at cards used as a kind of book illustrations at the 10 years anniversary event "A Book About Death, - The last waltz" at The Islip Art Museum in New York, USA. An exhibition concept where the audience write their own books about their feelings, experiences and emotional relation to death and use illustrations from several international artists as inspiration.
My own inspiration for this artwork is the sudden death caused by other living creatures. Some happen by attacks, some dued to accidents or in a moment where people are not aware of danger.
Those who are might reach to escape.
Those who are not are at risk of a sudden death that almost in all cases bring their families into a huge chock.
In some cultures it is legal to talk about death.
In Denmark death is a taboo.
In contries where halloween is an annual event it is somehow more emotional and social accepted to talk about the death and dead missed relatives which I think is a healthy way to handle death in near family.
Death is a natural part of the life.
The only thing which is for sure when you celebrate a baby being born is that some day this new little human being will die and activate other peoples feelings about death.
At this exhibition at The Islip Art Museum in New York, USA, the audience has the opportunity to go home and write down their own feelings about death or the death of someone they love by using some art card ilustrations as inspiration and book illustrations.
My artwork, "Breakfast in the Valley of Svartinge" is one of these artworks and I hope it will bring you closer to your feelings about deaths and inspire you to write.
By the way, Svartinge is a bird habitat at the little beautiful Danish island called Bornholm. You should go there on vacation some day.
The perfect place to think about life and death.
July 1st 2019 I had 10 years anniversary as a
professional taxable artist, SEO-writer,
furniture craftsman, woven heart artist,
designer, graphic designer, Christmas designer,
decorator, poet, miniaturist, illustrator, model,
10 years ago, I started as an undervalued multi-faceted artist in a 6m2 small cold plastic pavilion
without heat, insulation and without access to a toilet at P. Nørkjærs Plads in North Jutland,
where my husband was stationed in his job. I got my gallery Octopus Art from him as a copper
wedding gift. It was so small because there were no others who believed in me and my
concept, so I was not allowed to rent larger business rooms.
Since then, our trip back to Copenhagen due to our sick child went via our holliday apartment in Tisvildeleje,
which we had for 5 years.
It got the name "Kulturhulen," for the last 3 years, and it was most recently my permanent
exhibit place here in Denmark for my Gallery Octopus Art and for The Woven Heart Art Museum.
The place was not at all suitable for it, too small, was on an owner association foundation and
way too far away from the specialist medical and hospital help I needed, since we sold the place
in 2017. Of course, it would have been great if I on a day like today had been able to present a
photo of a large "castle" with a text that we had now found a new, larger and more suitable place
for my artistic activities, 6 workshops , and so on. But it is understandable to everybody, I think,
that my savings for a new place goes slowly, when I do not have my full working ability nor get
any public financially art support. So it must take the time it takes. But not a day is passing without
both of us, my husband and I, purposefully are working to raise the funds and create the right
circumstances to realize our dream.
I couldn't find a photo of my former little pavilion in North Jutland.
Instead, you get a photo of the walls my husband has made out of some of my art prizes,
biennial documents, documentation of art in permanent museum collections and artworks,
etc., which I would otherwise have thrown into boxes at the bottom of a large desk drawer.
My works of art are very diverse, because during these 10 years I have developed from being
an abstract painter and to being a naturalistic painter and painter with 11 different
Everything I can has come out of my life crises.
Oooh! It has been a dark and terrible winter for me.
If I hadn´t had my creativity and dreams of the future and of becoming fresh again, and lots of love and support from people around me, I think I would have had a depression now. But it didn´t happen. Instead I have enjoyed the sunrises, the new calmness in my life, and I still do. It is very difficult to let go, when you get used to it. 😀
I made a New Year´s resolution that I would begin creating art again though it reminds me of the international artist life, I have lost, dued to my ilness and handicaps. Just didn´t know how to get started again as so many feelings were lining up in my mind.
My dream of becoming a free bird again, free of all illnesses, and some healing walks in the daylight last summer in the beautiful Danish nature and bird sanctuaries has inspired me to continue creating some new small artworks here in the first part of 2019, they will be located under menu item "Art Gallery" and "5. Flora & Fauna illustration line" on this website.
A bigger new artwork is located under item "2. Abandoned Illustration Line". As you now I have 11 illustration lines, so we have to count in order to locate new posted artworks on this website.
Also, I in March 2019 have created a new very special piece of paper art, woven heart art, "Ænder ved Gundsømagle Sø", (Ducks at the lake of Gunsømagle) the very first piece of my own unique art media, woven paper heart, which I have created in 10 pieces of woven paper, as usual without using glue or patterns. Different subjects on front and reverse of heart. I use my own drawings to cut from. So I have hit my own record, which was woven heart arts created in 9 pieces of woven paper, which I developed in 2015.
In the middle of my work with this artwork, I went through my 3rd oesophagus surgery as an experimantal petient. Back to start with my health again-again... Non-stress cure again- again, you know: On / off concentrated working for 5 minutes, sleeping in 5 hours, working in 5 minutes and so on. so it took me 1 month to create, but then I actually succeeded in my first trial...
But I posted a videofilm about my woven heart art "Ænder ved Gundsømagle Sø" on my instagram profile @larklisbet where you can watch it. It is a kind of a "brother" to the woven heart art, "Svanelunden" ("The Swan Lake,"6 pieces of woven paper) I have on a permanently Nordic culture exhibition at Izmir Book and Paper Art museum in Turkey since December 2012. My record woven heart artwork "Ænder ved Gundsømagle Sø" also includes a special created furniture craft "duck"-frame/ installation for hanging installation. Artwork is not availble for gallery or museum exhibitions outside Denmark. After finishing it I have had some lucrative international orders on it. But I am a Dane and it is my own international recognized and very unique artmedia with some deep roots in the Danish culture, so in order to avoid a national mass protest I think this artwork should stay somewhere in the Kingdom of Denmark, and therefore it is right now reserved for national art opportunities if possible. If not selected for any Danish art exhibitions it will go directly into the private collection of the Woven Heart Art Museum (Kunstmuseet Julehjertemuseet) where it will be visible when the museum gets a new place to stay in Denmark.
The only new designs I had planned for this year, as a miniature designer, was making some new miniture decoration bird designs for Design By Lisbet Lark, which should help financing a new place for the Woven Heart Art Museum. BUM!.....
I created my drawings, made a budget, made everything ready, because now, it should be: At long last I would create my new miniature bird designs from new materials. Till now I have used recycling materials for my nature look alike 3D bird designs. But 2 months after ordering it showed up, that some of my suppliers could not deliver the special coloured feathers and materials for these new handmade nature like miniature bird designs of mine.
So as usual I ended up sitting and sucking with recycling materials, which I tried to strech in use in order to have enough, and I only managed to create 2 larger birds in unequal different sizes, 20-25 cm in length and 4,5 - 6 cm tick: Cutting their bodies from a styrofoam emballage box. Their feathers are food colored chicken feathers from the food industry, a waste product. Birdcage I created from 2 old french crackers, and so on.
When I finished, still having a mess with feathers everywhere, hanged it up for drying and the webmaster of this website saw it, he bursted out: " Vivid birds, .... or ... are, are, are they alive? ..... What a beautiful and brilliant piece of installation artwork, you´ve created there!... It is absolutely stunning! Does it have a name?"
" No, it doesn´t", I said, "it is a result of another failed design project, but it is unique", I haven´t created any other species"... - and then I told him the story about the failing deliveries, and that I had to use what I had instead of just storing the materias for years. Waste of place and money. Now these birds at least could give me some clean company, and make my days when I am most ill, by decorating my resting room.
"Not on terms " he said. " This is art on high level, I think. Shouldn´t we show it on gallerioctopusart.dk?"
" Under which menu item? I, I, I don´t think they fit in anywhere" I said.
" Honestly I think it is on time you show some of the works you have created the last few years from larger installation artworks which are permanently installed in private homes , because people think you have done nothing lately, and that is not true. You have created the most wonderful and brilliant instalation artworks during your illness period since 2015. I create a new menu item under "Art Gallery" called "14. Installation Art," because you are not only a miniture artist you do huge artworks, too... "
"But , but, but, but, but, but, but ...." ...... I said.
..- And before I had a breathe he created a new art item in the menu of this website. Please, go look for yourself, if he is right. My birdcage 3D installation art has now got a name, it is called: "Vinter Voliere", (Please, watch blog pic):
This blog is about dreaming and the positive effect it has.
My dream is also to get the opportunities to exhibit my art in Denmark,where I am born, raised and live, though I have "only" merit from The Anglo- Italian Academy of Arts, as I am too ill for travelling outside DK with my art. In 2019 I have 10 years anniversary as a professional artist, so I think it is about time, I get my space here in Denmark.
Until then artworks will come out of my hands in my own relaxing pace which is compatible with the fatigue I am experiencing as a result of my concusion and my 2 incurable oesopahagus diagnoses, which demand surgery every 3rd month at a hospital in Copenhagen.
Lisbet Lark / Lisbet Lærke.
I didn´t exactly get the start of 2019 I wanted. I had hoped for a lot of inspiration and time to create art this winter which was one of my New Years resolutions,.. That I should begin creating art again....
But on January 5th 2019 an unexpected meeting with a big iron bar in a dark basement sat me out of the game concerning creation of artworks for the juried spring exhibitions. I had a severe bloody concussion and was observated for brain stroke, locked up in a bed in a blacked out room for about 6 weeks, not being allowed to watch a screen or do anything physically work.
Headaches still come and go, but most of the symptomes have disappeared. Now I do know who I am again, do recognize where I am, and I also, as you can see, I am able to express myself again, both in writing and speeking. My concentration is up or down. Some days are good. Some are not. I still cannot write with or talk to other people without having a headache after 5 minutes. My brain is still very sensitive with noise and sunlight. I have difficulties cencentrating about my drawing and painting. But I have succeeded in finishing a new piece of woven heart art, paper art for the Woven Heart Art Museum, Julehjertemuseet " The shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep" (Hyrdinden og Skorstensfejeren), created in 9 pieces of folded woven paper with a lot of breaks, in 39th trial and after 4 years work with this artwork. My 2nd. 9-paper woven heart artwork!
After 6-8 weeks in the darkness I need a lot of light and fresh air, so I am trying to get outdoor as much as possible. Also, I am trying to find the energy for creating art, I just don´t have so much energy, when I have had a concussion and I now am at a point in my surgery cyclus, where I am starving, only eating liquid food and waiting for my next oesophagus surgery. So I take my days step by step, still sleeping a lot taking care of myself. New artworks must run out of my hands in the extent, I have inspiration and get back the concentration and energy for it.
To be honest, I enjoy the "Februarish" calmness, this calmness in my life right now so much that I have difficulties letting it go again and go out in public with anything. Not to be "on" all the time. I enjoy that. Being away from all the "glitter."
"What doesn´t kill you makes you stronger."
I have heard these false words over and over again in my life, from people who do not know what they are talking about. Every time you get hit by your destiny other people see you come back, but what they don´t see, is that you are a little bit weaker than before.
It leads me to say that you will have to appreaciate me, while I am alive, because this concussion has taught me that I am not as strong as you think.
Give me flowers you think I deserve while I am alive, because I don´t care about the ones you put on my grave.