Diary

30 May 2020

A virtual visit to Gothenburg

Earlier this week I had the privilege of opposing on bachelor’s degree work, textile art. It took place via zoom at HDK–Valand, University of Gothenburg, where I once was a student and later a staff member. I think being opponent is the hardest thing to do but I did my best. Very impressed with what the students have achieved during such difficult times with the pandemic, the closing of the workshops and the restriction to virtual tutorial sessions. Thank you for your confidence, and good luck everyone. Read More →
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19 May 2020

Nationalmuseum re-opens in June

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic Nationalmuseum in Stockholm is closed. But the plan is to open it up again on June 16. The whole museum is recently renovated. From 2013 to 2018, it was closed for transforming it to contemporary standard when it comes to technique, lightning, capacity etc. In October 2018, the museum opened again with lots of visitors and festivities. I went there with Linus, our youngest son, curious about the very talked-about new look of the large halls. And also, I must admit, of how my tapestry Road Movie (verdure): Visiting Mom had been placed… Read More →
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18 May 2020

Update #13

A few more updates. This photo, from the STENA foundation‘s website, shows the 2018 receivers of the culture scholarship. An unforgettable evening, with presentations of us in the Concert Hall, followed by performances from musician Jens Lekman, actor Evin Ahmad, magician Carl-Einars Häckner and opera singer Sofie Asplund. The night ended with a mingle party at the Art Museum including the opening of Gunnel Wåhlstrand’s and my exhibitions. Photographer: Magnus Gotander. Read More →
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23 April 2020

Update #12

Just some more updates. In these pandemic days it does not feel completely wrong to look back. So, back again to December 2018. The Deer in Nara Park was finished just hours before the opening of the STENA foundation’s cultural scholarship exhibition at the Gothenburg Art Museum. When it was released from the loom I rolled it up, brought it with me on the Gothenburg train and finished the mounting at a table in the exhibition hall. When the museum’s brilliant technicians raised the tapestry (it is 3,25 meters high) I got to see the whole piece for the first time, in the correct vertical angle. Read More →
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16 April 2020

Update #11

More about the STENA scholarship: The scholarship requires an exhibition at the Gothenburg Art Museum. During the summer of 2018, I worked hard to finish The Deer in Nara Park. Uppsala university had promised to let the museum show the tapestry in connection with the scholarship awards ceremony. Photographer Peter Claesson spent a nice and sunny day in my studio and took pictures for the catalogue. And if you want to know why we carried our bathtub out into the garden, you have to get hold of one of those catalogues… Read More →
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13 April 2020

Update #10

One day in March 2018 I received a very special email: … “the donation council of the Sten A Olssons Foundation for Research and Culture would like to award you their cultural scholarship for 2018. The Sten A Olssons Foundation for Research and Culture has over the last twenty years awarded a large number of educational grants to talented people working with art, music, theater, dance, literature, design and scenography…” The scholarship amount was SEK 300,000 each to six artists; actor Evin Ahmad, magician Carl-Einars Häckner, musician Jens Lekman, opera singer Sofie Asplund, visual artist Gunnel Wåhlstrand and myself. We were all told NOT to tell anyone until it became official – in October. A promise very... Read More →
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11 April 2020

Update #9

Today is Easter Eve. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Peter and I (and the cats) are alone in the house. We will soon have a barbecue in the garden. But first, another update: One day in January 2018, Velta Raudzepa – Head of collections at the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga – visited Stockholm together with three Latvian artists. I met them at the ferry terminal and together we went to Waldemarsudde. I have known Velta since the mid-90s and greatly appreciate her extensive knowledge and long experience. Thanks for coming! Read More →
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9 April 2020

Update #8

Life is not just about work. In December 2017 I gave myself an early Christmas present: a weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 hours train ride from our home. Hotel, my favorite street food (Turkish) outside the Central Station and above all: European Short Course Swimming Championships in the Royal Arena! Read More →
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9 April 2020

Update #7

During this update of my website, I go through photo archives as a reminder of what has happened. And, dear diary, I must mention the day in November 2017 when I was allowed back stage at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Thank you Anni Foglert & conservators! The feeling of sneaking through passages and along corridors, shortcuts between the great halls, seeing traces of everything that is accomplished but rarely mentioned. Love it! Read More →
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