Artists evaluation

Evaluations from artists

If you want to share you experience with others, write a few sentences about your art practice at Ateljé A-M Art residency.

Artist 1

Highlights and challenges
Say something about the highlights and challenges of your stay and working period in that residency
The challenge was to break the ice on the river/lake ?
Expectations vs. experience
Compare your expectations before you went to the residency to the actual (creative, physical, emotional etc.) experience. How realistic were your plans and expectations?
I haven’t expected such a warm welcome and such a various weather. Everything went way better.
Quiet place helped to concentrate on creativity.
Affect
Did (or how) this period of working in a residency affect your project, and maybe even your work in general as an artist/researcher/curator?
During the period I was able to test the materials and improve my knowledge on molding different substances.
Conclusion
Please conclude with few words of wisdom/advice for the readers. For ex. did you learn something from this experience; if you could go back in time, would you do things differently; was this an extremely personal experience or you can relate it to the bigger picture etc.
I think, I would not change anything, the experience was super nice. For sure, in this case, that I stayed there during dark period, I have learned how to deal with short hours of light and long hours of dark.

Artist 2

Highlights and challenges

Say something about the highlights and challenges of your stay and working period in that residency

“One of my challenges was to work in a different environment, trying to catch the essence of the place and thinking about how to synthesize general points of view during the four weeks of residence”.

Expectations vs. experience

Compare your expectations before you went to the residency to the actual (creative, physical, emotional etc.) experience. How realistic were your plans and expectations?

“Before going for first time to Sweden I wished to spend part of the time outside, not only painting but also analyzing the landscape to get a general picture of Örträsk in many ways. I thought it would be great to work close to the subjects and focus on the big spectrum of whites but I found this goal really hard, especially when the weather turned colder and windy. I decided to use small sizes for sketching quickly, making possible the aim of my proposal”.

Affect

Did (or how) this period of working in a residency affect your project, and maybe even your work in general as an artist/researcher/curator?

“I guess art residences are important not only for the professional career of the artist but also as an inflection point in a personal way. This new experience allowed me to get an idea of the kind of landscape we can find in Lapland, and how interesting can be to share knowledge with artists from different art universities and countries”.

Conclusion

Please conclude with few words of wisdom/advice for the readers. For ex. did you learn something from this experience; if you could go back in time, would you do things differently; was this an extremely personal experience or you can relate it to the bigger picture etc.

“Thanks to this art residence I could discover a new environment and a totally different context where I usually work, being in contact for first time with an artist from Lithuania and inspiring my visual way of thinking. There is no doubt that sharing all kind of activities and meeting aspects of swedish culture helped me to keep interested about life in the north, not only in the present but also about its past history. I´m grateful to the teaching experience as well, because thanks to that I could meet by very first hand the benefits of art classrooms and comments and suggestions made by the teachers. I wish to go back someday with the aim of enjoy the amazing views of Örträsk in different seasons and hoping to meet next artists at ATELJÉ AM”.