Johanna Sjödin, very talented artist from Sweden and our colleague from CCC Leipzig, was so kind and agreed to answer few questions for us.
I’ve always been drawing a lot. Since I was a small child, I’ve painted on everything, from napkins to my mother’s leather sofa. When my first exhibition 2006 was so well received, I gained the courage to take the decision to make a living out of my greatest passion.
It is important for me to craft my pieces in a way that enables the audience to reflect upon themselves and to leave room for interpretation, without forcing my view upon them.
Music and autumn.
I have one picture which I made lithographs of. I like it especially because I haven’t really figured it out yet. I haven’t grown bored of it even though five years have passed, since I’ve painted it. It is as if someone else made it and that holds a pleasurable feeling.
This is a difficult question. For the outside observer a jury evaluated exhibition always weighs more heavily on an artists’ CV. Of course I am flattered by these too, but the fact that makes me proud of myself is that I’ve been brave enough to sacrifice financial security and the comfort of stability, in order to follow my goals.
Recently I moved to Leipzig from Sweden. I want to open up a gallery and I need to build up a renommée from scratch. A part time job is making it easier to start a new life in a new country. The flexible hours really suit my circumstances and I like the people I work with.
CCC is rated quite high in the workplace searches on Google. The evaluations given are all considered work atmosphere and individual maintenance, which speaks to me.
As a sales agent you are solemnly responsible for your work outcomes and get instant feedback on your performance.
To be completely honest, I wouldn’t know who I am without my art. It surrounds everything in me and when I create, I am able to land in my safe place. The fact that I see the world with an artist’s eyes is something that my dear friends could make fun of, with heart, of course.
“Ostbågar”, but you would have to google that. (*we did – looks really yummy! 🙂 )
Definitely not skydiving or bungee jumping.
My boyfriend thinks I worry too much. Maybe it’s a Swedish trait, to always be ten minutes early for the train and such.
Thank you so much for opening up to us, Johanna, we wish you furthermore a lot of success and tons of joy with your art!
If you want to learn more about Johanna and her art, visit her webpage http://sjodinarts.com/ or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.