We had the good fortune of connecting with Katinka Igelberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katinka, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I truly believe that the world we see around us, is a reflection or reaction to what we carry within us; thoughts, emotions, visions, intentions and dreams. In that sense we are all artists and we all contribute to the forming of the society and the world at large. And like wise we our selves can mirror the world. We see, absorb and form our selves to fit into the pattern, wether it’s the pattern of a family, a society, or a larger community. It is even a method of survival to mirror and adapt to the surroundings and to the codes built around us. This makes each of our ideas and actions highly precious, I’d say. I guess the role of the artist then, is to consciously become aware of this reciprocity.. And to interpret or highlight aspects of these precious choices, hidden within the mundane. To hopefully make others aware of their own contribution and importance. That is how change can occur. Or at any rate a sense of recognition within one self. In these critical times where uncertainty is tangible, I believe that art in all forms help reciprocate some of the sensations we so often struggle with in solitude. And help shed a light on issues that might be fundamental for triggering change. This makes the artist the receptor of the state of things, and also the mirror of momentary transformation…
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.
To me creating has not looked the same way thru out the years. It has changed and shifted and been dormant in waves. What has been constant has been the highly sensitive experience of all aspects of life, and the need to express it. Sometimes thru writing, or photography and other times thru conversation or dancing. There has always been this need in me for something to emerge and for something outer to be grasped. It has never been certain and never followed a straight line. Though the urge has been persistent. I don’t think I have ever decided mentally what to create or what to capture before hand, It has all happened by following a curiosity or a sensation that I haven’t been able to shake. It has not been about the doing, nor about getting acknowledged. It has rather been a question of searching for answers, searching for patterns or outlines or recognition in the foreign. Of binding things to one another. Perhaps in an attempt to comprehend others and myself at the same time. All in all I guess what I am most excited about or proud of, is the fact that I continuously follow that calling. In short I would describe my work as eco-poetic, where nature and spatiality plays the most important role.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh there are so many people who deserves a shoutout in my life! There have been many life altering encounters along the way, to nudge me in this particular direction. Teachers, colleagues, friends and strangers… I have gained so much inspiration from art schools and art residencies I have taken part of, since everyone there have been consumed by the same passion and curiosity. Art residencies is a world of its own and I have gained friends for life there. So I guess I would love to give a warm shoutout to each and every one I’ve met with or learned from during these years! To be presented with ideas larger than you could have imagined on your own. And to discover that you share a common language with people who you have never met before, deserves all the credit it can get.