March 21st, 2019
The photographic artwork created by Maria Wingård is dark and eerie, prodding deep into your sub conscience, bringing forth both haunting and beautiful imagery. Her photography and photo manipulation skills truly make her art unique and memorable. Her work brings to mind the unrealistic beauty standards and the decay that time ravishes upon us all. It’s dark and macabre but below everything you can see the underlying beauty of the piece.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Sweden, where I still live. But have roots from Finland. I really love that we have seasons up here in Northern Europe. You learn to appreciate both hot and cold weather. We humans need variety.
How did you get interested in art?
I remember when I was younger, my parents often took us to different museums. Art is something that has always existed in my life, as long as I can remember...the joy and the will to create.
What inspires your work?
How the human body is constructed, mixed with the body's feelings and darkness. When it comes to being inspired by others, I get very easily disoriented. Easy to get lost and not find my own way. But I have always been drawn to John Bauer, Picasso and M.C. Escher. But also to the film director/screenwriter Jane Campion.
How would you describe your style?
Figurative. My work is characterized by the fascination of mixing the human structure with a darkness. Not a night-black darkness but a bright darkness. There is joy in my darkness. I am driven by obsessions and love, a strong must to create. My art is an inner torment who is trying to find the light, but at the same time it´s playful.
What is your process for a piece from start to finish?
I need my camera, Photoshop and my muses! Without these elements I can't get out what exists in my soul. I have an inner picture of what I want to get out, I photograph and then work with the picture in Photoshop. I probably never get close to what my inner image says and I see that as a drive to continue and search. Then the question is whether I will ever find that inner image I am looking for, but I do not think that´s most important in my creation. The most important thing is the drive to continue searching.
Do you listen to music when you're working on your art? If so, what do you like to listen to?
Oh yes! Love to listen to different soundtracks from movies.
What does your artwork say about you?
This is a person who can laugh and cry at the same time.
What emotions do you want people to feel when they see your work?
Their own. The important thing is to feel something.
What is your favourite mythical creature?
Is Snowball in The Simpsons a mythical creature? If so, my answer is Snowball.
How have you improved since you first started, to now?
I feel in my heart that I have grown a lot since I started creating, but I can't describe my improvement in words. The improvement shows in my art.
When you sleep what are your dreams?
I have small children; I never sleep.
What is the best compliment you’ve received about your work?
You are not Rembrandt.
What does your art studio look like? Clean or chaotic?
A mix of walls packed with my art, office and children's room. My kids have their own space in my studio where they can create as much as they want. You can call it a clean mess.
Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?
None of them, just give me chocolate. I love chocolate!