I could spend days (maybe even weeks) writing in complete isolation. The whole stereotype of the writer working away in his or her cabin appeals to me – like Johnny Depp in The Secret Window, but without the crazy part. I have never found that being alone equals loneliness.
But, while many writers treasure their solitude, it is imperative that we understand and embrace the world around us. That’s one reason why it is important for writers to read. It’s not just reading for the content and the style of writers who have come before us, but to make our minds work – to give us pause on notions and ideas compiled by others. It’s also important that we have a firm grasp of current events happening in our world.
There are two industries that I have always enjoyed. I am what my family used to call a “news junkie”. And for many years I have been a writer for the arts. So it is my great pleasure to share with you two new venues where you will find my words.Read More»
As I am now nearing my third year of residence in Sweden, new friends have asked me what it was I did for a living in my “old life”. This question always takes me a bit by surprise because I’m not sure which Old Life they refer to. The life which I lived in the US, or the one which I lived in a past life?
It does not escape me that Sweden is an old culture, so when someone asks me about a past life this might be a perfectly logical or even common question. This question is, however, one which I can not answer. Much easier is it for me to refer to my recent past and explain that I studied and loved art history and that I once made a living writing about such pleasures.
This need not be. The study of Scandinavia’s art and history, and also the study of ancient nordic runes, fairy tales, folk tales, and mythology is extremely rewarding and informs us in matters concerning a people, place, and time.Read More»
Somewhere along the line, while pursuing my new nearly full-time role as an expat, I begin to feel as if some very essential component of my own identity was being neglected. Almost forgotten, in fact. This can happen when one moves to a new country. The process of adapting and integrating is overwhelming and time consuming. Eventually, however, like peeling the layers of an onion, we come back to those things which are woven within the fabric of our soul.
Reclaiming my love for art, and the compulsion to once again start writing about it, I went in search of artistic beings in Gothenburg. This is how I met Samantha Hookway. We recently sat down together to discuss her evolution as an artist, and an expat, now living in Gothenburg, Sweden.Read More»
I had a lovely conversation with designer and curator Pia Sjölin yesterday about her latest project Embrace! The exhibition which will be on display at the House of Emigrants, Växjö, Sweden begins 14 September and runs through January 2011, and includes the works of no less than thirty Swedish-American artists, designers, photographers and musicians. The exhibition has two themes – The American Dream and Swedish Identity. But Embrace is more than a one time exhibition. Embrace has a greater mission in that it hopes to become the source for a movement. It’s founders have a dream for the future . . . to live in harmony regardless of origin, religion, cultural background or political beliefs.Read More»