In­tro­du­cing Jesper Waldersten A con­ver­sa­tion with Sa­ra Pa­born

Odalisque - - Introducing Jesper Waldersten A Conversation With -

SP: Can you recall the first drawing that made you fe­el re­al­ly proud?

JW: As a boy I was al­ways qui­te com­pla­cent re­gar­ding most of my ac­hi­e­ve­ments, so­met­hing that I grew to reg­ret la­ter on. That’s li­fe. I re­mem­ber one image, it was an oil pain­ting il­lust­ra­ting a wild be­ast reck­less­ly assaul­ting a wo­man. It was dark, pu­ber­tal and I’d made a no­te on one of the ed­ges that the pictu­re would be mi­ne fo­re­ver. I bur­ned it la­ter.

SP: Are the­re any ar­tists that have been im­por­tant for you in your cre­a­ti­ve pro­cess?

JW: That’s a list as long as li­fe. Even though it ra­rely in­clu­des “ar­tists” as we usu­al­ly see them... the­re are sha­des, colours, vo­i­ces and vo­ids. Ey­es of the night. If I had a bird pet it would be cal­led Gu­er­ni­ca or Old school. My dog’s na­me is Pol­lock, and I’m al­ler­gic. I think that says it all.

SP: In a few words, how would you de­scri­be your own cre­a­ti­ve world?

JW: It’s a fo­rest to get lost in. It’s big as the night and a way of living. It’s for­gi­ven to get lost on pur­po­se. So­me­ti­mes the cri­tics think I’m too er­ra­tic, but I ma­ke su­re they know that my words, my drawings, ima­ges and pain­tings are pa­u­ses, cre­scen­dos and lo­wer keys in a symp­ho­ny descri­bed in pictu­res and words. I’m not a no­te, I´m a who­le me­lo­dy.

SP: Your work fe­els swift and sharp. Do you ever plan your work ahe­ad, or do you im­pro­vi­se?

JW: Eve­ryt­hing’s got a plan. Eve­ryt­hing’s im­pro­vi­sed. We walk, eat, shit... it’s all simp­le. Un­plan­ned. But li­fe is much har­der than that. We do it over and over again. We practice. The truth is that I on­ly show a small part of what I do. I could work twice as much if I had to. If I wan­ted to.

SP: How do you pro­ceed when you get ti­red of your­self?

JW: I get ti­red of my­self all the ti­me and becau­se of that I’ve found the ur­ge to keep loo­king for hap­pi­ness. True joy on­ly ex­its in the mo­ment. But it’s a fun ga­me to play and se­arch.

SP: You’re a ve­ry pub­lic ar­tist. For ex­amp­le, I of­ten find your il­lust­ra­tions in news­pa­pers. Can you be in­de­pen­dent in your work, or are the­re any sub­jects you avo­id?

JW: We avo­id too much. The ar­tist Jan Håfström on­ce ga­ve me the ad­vice to “own the si­tu­a­tion”. I have a vo­ice and as long as no one el­se is sup­por­ting and me­di­a­ting it to the world, I’ll have to do it. We can’t stop ma­king our­sel­ves he­ard!

SP: What is the most ho­pe­ful word to you?

JW: Mother!

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