I grew up in Denmark, north of Copenhagen, and went to a private school that focused on creativity. I got to try different things, and since I feel passionate about animals, I was allowed to keep rabbits and goats on the grounds at my school.
At 16 my new stepfather sent me to live at a Danish communist reform school build on the principles of Anton Makarenko. The strict rules and the punitive nature of the collective did not detract from the new friends and the school band that I did enjoy. After three months of rebellion I was expelled. Then I spent a few months in Amsterdam before returning to Copenhagen where I lived in Christiania for three years. There I experienced a diverse and free lifestyle and tried my hand at different crafts.
Educated at Copenhagen Art school and the Danish Design School. I came to New York in 1986 and became the creative force behind an all women’s music project called Maria Excommunikata, and wrote, recorded and performed with many talented and wonderful artists. We toured the US with Tom Tom Club and Debbie Harry and I had a cameo in The Ramones video “The Pet Cemetery.” while performing I supported myself doing piecework for Soho artist James Rizzi cutting paper and assembling his works for seven years.
I have had success sharing my work at locations where people sit down for a while so they have time to look at the art work. The NY craft beer scene has been a wonderful connection for my work. I am thrilled to license my art to the delicious craft beer label called "Nap Time Liquid Creations” located in Blauvelt NY. My works decorate the tasting room at the brewery.
I exhibit in both the US and in Denmark where I am the member of Næstved Grafik Værksted and go there to take their workshops. I have works permanently on display at the Flat Iron Gallery in Peekskill. NY.
I teach workshops in Westchester, mostly at puplic libraries and private art schools.
I live in Croton On Hudson ( surrounded by tall trees and wild animals.)
I have always enjoyed stories about the past. As a teenager I got my grandmother to tell me her stories of growing up on a small farm in rural Denmark. I have a keen interest in the history of the Nordic people. As a young woman my family would vacation on a small nudist island, leaving civilization behind and living in large military tents. These images of people dancing naked around the campfire at night must have made an impression on me, because those scenarios often appear in my work. When I create I open up my mind to dreams and try to connect to an effortless flow in my thoughts that are not sketched or planned out but reflect a rather a vague idea into the subject I like to capture. I embrace the subject and the moment without judging the outcome doing the process. By capturing forgotten moments from a long time ago I am reminding myself of my simple joyful history.
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