Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Helga Thagaard "Never a certain kind"

Helga Thagaard is an artist from Denmark. Her work ranges from sculptures to graphic art.With TYT she speaks about imaginative art, masks and birds.

What is it like being an artist in Denmark?
Helga: Well it is rather difficult to make a living. Only very few persons are able to do that. But there are many  possibilities for exhibition. You can either pay for it or you can be invited by a private art union, of which there are many. But there are many other ways.

How would you describe your work? What inspires you?

Helga: My work is partly naturalistic partly imaginative. Birds have always been one of my motives, although they are never a certain kind. I also often use masks. This makes the atmosphere in the artwork a little surrealistic. 

Do you have a favorite artist? 

Helga: Yes, I have many favorite artists. Danish: Among others Reidar Magnus, Sven Wiig Hansen. From abroad: Cesanne, Miro, Anselm Kiefer, Degas, Kâthe Kollwitz and many many more.

What advice would you give young artists that are only just starting out? 

Helga: Just: go on, go on, go on. Never give up!

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