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An Interview with Stille Skygger

Hello Stille Skygger.

First of all, please tell us about yourself and your take on Art and how do you like to express your thoughts or feelings with it.

Thank you for this opportunity.

For me, Art is more like the outcome of my take on life rather than just expression of my feelings. “Art is our spirited protest“ like Oscar Wilde said. As someone who has experienced more than one side of life, I pass on my experience to people through my work.

Why do you love what you do?

There are several reasons for that. I love art because it gives me the opportunity to express myself visually, not in words. I like to share the frequency of emotions that people feel when they observe my work.

Which artist from the past would you most like to meet?

Definitely Leonardo da Vinci. I would like to work in his workshop and learn more about art, witness the period in which he lived, the process of producing his works. It would be a very exciting experience.

Which piece of your artwork would you like to be remembered for?

I have a collection about Salem. I painted burned women and their burned visage in the witch courts there. I did these works to express that their names were never forgotten. Also that this discrimination against women continues differently today and has a huge impact on me. I’d like to be remembered for these works that I did to honor the names of these three victims.

Sarah Good (July 21 [O.S. July 11], 1653 – July 29 [O.S. July 19], 1692)

Bridget Bishop (c. 1632 – 10 June 1692)

Martha Corey (1619 or 1620 – September 22, 1692)

Do you remember any spesific moment where you decided to follow your path as an artist?

In elementary school, my art teacher took me to painting competitions. Then one day, when I was about 10, there was a painting contest being held in a park. On a summer day, it was hot weather, they wanted us to sit on the grasses and paint.

When I looked around, I saw everyone drawing, painting, talking to each other, being happy, I had a lot of fun moments, and that’s when I realized for the first time that I wanted to do it all the time.

Also in the exhibition where they took us at that time, I was very excited about the works that I saw and I thought that I wanted to do things like this in the future.

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