Neighbors are not your friends, your family, nor people you work with, they are something different. They are very close to you physically, you are involved in their daily life, but you don’t know them. Painting your neighbors is a random choice of subject/motif. There is a method, a system, the next apartment or house. You get invited in, and now you know more about the people who live next to you. I like the coincidental choice of subject, and the “gifts” it brings, as well as I like the accidents and random flow of the water, in my acrylic paint and watercolor/aquarelle.
Text in Danish : Anna Krogh tekst til Hi Neighbor
The series; Essentials were inspired by a journey, to a very small Island in the Adriatic sea. Nature was overwhelming, there are no roads or cars on Susak. The large scale paintings got names as; Water, Vegetation and Earth. The paintings express something very essential and grandiose in life, a feeling and sensation of being part of the world.
At the pub
Drawn by a wish for painting portraits of people, I had the idea to visit the pubs “brune værtshuse” in the town i live in. I had a beer with the locals and got permission to take photos of them, which were base for the painting series; At the pub.
The body is your constant companion, but you are not always satisfied with it. You often want to change it, change the shape, the color, the clothes it carries. The shapewear series, is a way of both complaining about my body and praising it.
My generations grandmothers stayed at home and took care of the house and family. My grandmother always wore a “spinlon” dress/coat with a flower motif. A practical coat in a synthetic fabric, where dirt doesn’t stick. And still with a feminine touch so you look good for your man. Simone de Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, feminist, existentialist philosopher and political activist and the same generation as my grandmother! She writes about clothes, that women wear flower fabrics, so they can be a flower for the man.
The series; Microorganisms, where inspired by the discoveries of new species on the Galathea 3 ekspedition in 2006-7.
Watercolor on paper
When exhibiting QWERTY Real Estate in 2014 in Stockholm, I made collages of myself, glued into prints of extremely expensive apartments in the old town. These collages, where I am losing control, in nice and luxurious homes (found on internet Real Estate homepages) where models for the paintings in aquarelle/water-colour.