When I moved to Sweden at the age of 12 I discovered Vikings and the Norse mythology. I used to sit and read about the ancient Greece and Egypt. I knew every god and every conquest; Now it was Scandinavia. Their language, the runes, different gods and creatures – everything looked so new to me and so special. This magical country that my parents have brought me to was becoming less hostile. Day after day I would imagine myself fighting shoulder to shoulder with other brave men and women of Scandinavia. We would plunder cities and then row back home in our ships. My name would be Freja (goddess of love) or Nótt (goddess of night) and I would wear armor just like the rest of the vikings and my hair would be long and braided. In the end I would die in a battle and go straight to Valhalla.
This illustration is one of my tributes to an amazing world created long time ago.
Ravens were always very important in Norse mythology. The most popular ones were Huginn (from Old Norse “thought”) and Muninn (Old Norse “memory” or “mind”) They would fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring information to the god Odin.
After my shelf fell off and took a big chunk out of my wall leaving me with huge holes in it, I decided to create as much art as possible to cover those horrible holes. This is piece numero uno.
I was inspired by a vinyl cover my boyfriend brought from one of his thrift store adventures. I love the vintage lone samurai feel of this cover, so I decided to go for dark reds and gold. I really love working with gold leaf – it makes everything regal/vintage/romantic/beautiful.
This work is my tribute to tender and all supportive love. There is so much in the clasp of these hands. Some see an everlasting love, some a last touch before they separate. Some see just a casual entwining of fingers and some two people holding each other through difficult times. I made the hands delibirately unisex, because for me love means only love. It doesn’t have a gender or a race. I loved experimenting with colors and media. I started with a pen sketch, later it became a watercolor/digital design, which then morphed into a pattern. I like each and every one of them.
“Delicious” is a watercolor serias of three, which is devoted to the female body. My inspiration was actress and model Monica Bellucci. Her forms are deliciously curvy and soft. She oozes vulnerability, delicacy and femininity. It was a very interesting project, because I had a chance to work in depth with different watercolor techniques and I was able to try watercolor pencils for the first time. It was difficult at first, but later I got so engrossed in it that I lost track of time. I will definitely work with watercolors again! See it whole in my portfolio