The Bitch is Back

I’ve been away from this site / blog for a while, but I intend to change that. I should probably explain why I’ve been gone, though; not that it really matters. Absent is absent, right?

Anyway, the reason for my absence is – quite simply – my health, or lack thereof. Since last, I’ve been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and also started on medication for my other ailments, namely Bipolar Disorder.

[Insert lame pun about tortured artist here.]

The fibromyalgia causes chronic pain, and chronic fatigue; I’m coping with it – but on occasion I have bad days where I’m pretty much confined to my bed due to severe pain and fatigue. There’s not a whole lot I can do about it, aside from pain management and rest. Creative endeavors have therefore taken a back seat as of late, as I’ve barely had the energy to get through doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions the past couple of years.

The Bipolar Disorder has been acting up, and I recently elected to start on medication (for the first time since diagnosed in 2010) for it. It has been great so far: I sleep better, I feel better, I have a bit more energy, and I’m a bit less lethargic as a result.

So, why this blog post about physical and mental deteriorating health? Well – I’ve been tinkering with a project, technically two, about my health issues for a while now, and as I – hopefully – blog more about said project, it only makes sense that you, the reader, know the reasons behind it.

The photo above is from a test-shoot for the project, which as of right now is still untitled. The project itself consists of a photo book and a short film about living with and dealing with physical and mental “invisible illness” – what they are, and how they affect and effect me and my day-to-day life.

I’m very excited to finally have a smidge of creativity again after months, years even, of draught in that department.

The Bitch is back, y’all.

Heiinghund – Draugkvad

I’ve done another commission for the band Heiinghund for their upcoming release Draugkvad. This time around I opted for my primary art medium – photography –  and delivered 27 images in total. 11 of the images were selected by the band to be voted on by their fanbase. 4 of the 11 images will appear in the final album booklet.

The album drops on Friday the 13th in April.


This also means I am now able to call myself an artist – for real.  

Hvis Lyset Tar Oss (video)

 

This is the video I used in the application to Høstutstillingen 2017. The music is by Heiinghund, and used with the artist’s permission.

Now all I can do is wait, and hope the panel of judges like my work.

Høstutstillingen 2017

Here in Norway, we have a thing called Høstutstillingen – an open call to all artists (art education not needed) to apply for an exhibition slot. In a fit of insanity, I decided to apply for said exhibition slot with my Hvis Lyset Tar Oss project, after it was suggested by a friend.

I whipped together a quick vlog of the editing of the extended cut. All of the videoclips in the vlog are filmed with my iPhone 6S+ & the 8mm app. I quite like the effect of that app.

 

Am I an Artist?

What makes an artist? A lot of you would answer that question with something along the lines of “person who creates works of art” – and that is true. Here where I live, however, the term ‘artist’ is somewhat defined as “a person who has undergone minimum three years – ideally five or more – of Fine Art education at University level, and is therefore eligible for Art Project Scholarships and/or funds” – which is, for the most part, true for many artist who do art full-time. It is also, however, limiting in that getting accepted to a Fine Art University program is anything but easy.

My personal definition of what makes an artist is wonderfully vague: Person who creates works of art and have these works of art exposed to the public. Very often I define the “exposed to the public” part of this as having their art shown at a gallery or similar. Whether or not they do art full-time is largely irrelevant.

In spite of this, I (still) struggle with calling myself an artist, because I have not gone to art school (although I have taken a few painting courses, many years ago), and I have not exposed my art to the public by way of exhibition in a gallery. For now, my personal definition of when I get to call myself an artist is the moment I have sold a work of art. I would like to call myself an artist now – but I’m not entirely sure I can.

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What do you think makes an artist?

Hallowed Ground

I want to talk about cemeteries – graveyards – as they are my favourite place to visit; to photograph; to get inspired by. Last fall, I moved from a smallish town just north-east of Oslo, to a slightly bigger town just south-east of Oslo. On one of our many, many trips back an forth between locations with boxes upon boxes of stuff, we came upon this magical place. Continue reading “Hallowed Ground”

Hopes, Dreams and Support

Initially, this website was meant to be just for my Art Photography. I have later come to realize, however, that I do more than just that: I write, I draw, I make videos, I sometimes do a combination of all of these things.

I am currently working on a couple of book projects which will encompass most – if not all – of the forms of art I dabble in: The first being a children’s book, where I’m now in the process of revision / re-writing / fleshing out the story, and later I will attempt to illustrate it as best as I can. The second book project I tinker with from time to time whenever I feel the urge to develop the world and characters for it is a longer novel, primarily aimed at a New Adult / Young Adult (teenage – mid-20s) audience.

On top of this, I also still take pictures.

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So – this website or blog or whatever you want to call it will from now on serve as a hub of art and creativity. Whatever I may launch myself into, it should go through here at some point in time.

Also, because my over-arching goal in life is to a) write and publish (at least one) a book, and b) sell a piece of art, and these things sometimes require a bit of support, I have tweaked my Patreon-page to accommodate that fact. It is meant to serve as an option for those who wish to support me, and you should in no way feel obligated to do so.

My Patreon-page can be found here: https://www.patreon.com/vinterheim

So, there you have it – new year, new opportunities. More art. More everything.