We had the good fortune of connecting with Sólveig Eva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sólveig, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I’m learning more and more that success isn’t linear, stable or to be conflated with happiness – even at the highest echelons of my industries. I’ve been redefining success as I mature. I’ve gained too much appreciation, understanding and self respect to define “success” as constant income or relentless praise. Today “success” can mean that I myself enjoy what I crafted, that it led to a new discovery or growth, or that my art sparked joy or a conversation.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a multi-disciplinary storyteller. I know that sounds horribly pretentious, but it really just means that I’m really excited about creating stories for you that come in different shapes. I am a member of a codependent art form: acting relies on someone else sharing the space with you in order to exist, it needs an audience to be complete. It benefits greatly from a writer, a director, another actor to react to. On top of that it’s really lovely to have a choreographer, composer, costume designer, scenic designer, cinematographer etc. – the collaborative opportunities are endless. When you get to be a part of something like that the world sings, everything falls away and you get to belong to this strange meditative harmonious performance art that feels oh so wonderfully self indulgent while also tending to be really socially important as it’s where we practice empathy and reflect on human relationships and behaviour together. I’m also a member of more independent art forms: illustrating and writing. You don’t need anyone’s permission to create these – no casting director, no director, no audience. It can exists for its own sake, and each view is just an added bonus. It gleefully bursts out of your head and onto the page and voila – it’s a part of this world whether you caught the artist at work or not. I adore art for the artist’s unique perspective, for the humour and playfulness, for the pure creative joy, for the empathy, the ability to open our eyes to experiences different from our own, and for the tendency to connect us by evoking shared emotions. Once you’re hooked to an artistic discipline you don’t feel present, honest, in alignment or truthful to your nature unless you get to express it in some somewhat silly way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I split my time between Brooklyn NY and Reykjavík. From Reykjavík I had the loveliest road trip day showing my boyfriend around Þingvellir (National Park and old viking parliament), Gullfoss (huge waterfall), Geysir (pretty hot springs), Friðheimar (rural veggie restaurant) and Secret Lagoon (old natural pool). It’s an extended version of a classic tourist day trip. I also love spending time at the Reykjavík harbour, finding small birds hiding in old tires and greeting the ravens. I recommend hiking Esja, Úlfarsfell, Reynisvatn and trying out different pools every morning. Going to a cabin with a book of classic ghost stories and hoping for the northern lights. The coffee is strong in Reykjavík and somehow the imported red bell peppers are the best in the world. In Brooklyn I like playing Kubb (Scandinavian outdoor chess) in McCarren Park, laying on the grass in Domino Park, grabbing ice cream and Van Leeuwuen and attending one of the million classes offered in the city. Go to a hit or miss improv show with some friends, grab amazing vegan food at the many many many foodie spots, shop vintage and laugh at the dogs wearing shoes in the wintertime.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I don’t know where I’d be without the women of Spindrift – Bergdís Júlía Jóhannsdóttir, Anna Korolainen Crevier, Henriette Kristensen and Tinna Þorvalds Önnudóttir. If it wasn’t for the numerous talented creative women I’m lucky enough to consider friends and collaborators, I don’t know where I’d be. My biggest advise to every artist is finding a community where you feel inspired by your peers, safe to be yourself, supported and supportive, and where you’re allowed to vent about the horrible friction between the art and its industry.
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