We had the good fortune of connecting with Katharina Stenbeck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katharina, how do you think about risk?
I’m not sure it counts as risk taking per se, but following my intuition even when I’m not sure of where it’ll take me can feel scary sometimes. I’m a firm believer that your intuition and your gut won’t lead you astray but there are certainly times when that inner compass might propel you in a direction that feels really new and uncomfortable at first. It can feel like a big risk to follow your inner voice, but I think the much bigger risk would be to tune it out. Continually honoring my intuition is probably what has shaped me and my career the most.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve worked in many different mediums over the years, including music production, performance, painting, sculpture, stop motion animation, and video art. Most recently, I’ve been delving into design and applied arts, creating candle holders out of wood and experimenting with textiles. I seem to oscillate between phases of more extroverted artforms (such as singing and performing) and more introverted artforms (such as painting and sculpting). I’m a bit of an extroverted introvert, so those alternating phases feel like a natural reflection of my personality. My background is originally in theatre and live performance, so I tend to bring elements of that into my work in other mediums. I also call both Sweden and the US home, drawing from both cultures when I create, which helps set me apart a bit. I love to incorporate a sense of play and humor in my work and I feel my style has a lot of kinship with folk art and outsider art. I’m always beaming when someone tells me they think I have a cohesive style and aesthetic that carries through no matter what medium I’m working in. That’s a very high compliment in my book.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A fun day in a Covid-free future would start with brunch at Sage Vegan Bistro in Culver City, then we’d swing by Griffith Observatory to soak in the architecture and the view. After that, we’d stop by Solar Return in Echo Park for a vegan cheesecake treat (all the cheesecakes there are like little exquisite pieces of art!), then grab a vegan hot dog at Wurstküche before catching a show at REDCAT in the evening. We may need to squeeze a nap in there somewhere! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wonderfully supportive family, my fantastic friends and my heavenly husband who always goes above and beyond. I’d also like to thank all the folks who have interacted with and supported my work in various ways over the years. As far as outside influence, there are so many brilliant artists and creatives who have inspired me along the way. Two honorable mentions would be the concert films ‘Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience’ by The Knife and ‘Stop Making Sense’ by Talking Heads.
Randy Shropshire and Jay Rondot