Jewellery design short cours, Kunsthøjskolen i Holbæk, Denmark
Jewellery design short courses, Engelsholm højskole, Denmark[2016,2014]
Silversmithing, short courses, Umeå, Gothenburg [2013-2014]
Lighting design, Jönköping university [2009-2011]
Gerlesborgs art school, Bohuslän [2007-2008]
Art science, 30hp, Umeå university , Art gymnasium, Boden [2003-2006]
Art exchange, Sunderbyns folkhögskola/Apatity, Russia [2003-2005]
My expression varies constantly, depending on season, location and mood. I'm a restless soul and my biggest fear is to be stuck in a category and not be able to get out of there. Therefore I am working with several artistic expressions such as jewellery design, ink drawing and pure painting. I can not say that this or that is closest to me. I need variety for the inspiration to remain. The practical craftsmanship found in jewellery design is a nice balance to the more free creation of my drawings and paintings.
My pictures often arise from photo material, mixed up with my own imagination. A face can speak to me and I build a story from that. This last years the wildlife has been close to me, since I moved to a house near the forest. In the beginning I felt unsecure, and maybe a bit scared, for what was out there. But as time went on and the more images that arose, it feels more and more like a protection to be so close to nature.
Nature is reliable, robust and the complete opposite to the pulse and variability of the city. But in the same way that I have to vary my expression I need to vary the environment. Both the city and the country are in my life.
In ink sketching I need to really concentrate to work out details and small patterns. In jewellery design you need the same concentration. It is the small details that requires great focus. In that way the expressions are quite similar.
Concentration and focus is something often missed in today's society. We do several things at once and we can always be reached and contacted. It is no longer unpolite to disturb anyone. But if you want to find the right path in a creative process, isolation is sometimes necessary.
To be allowed to continue on my path all the way without anyone interrupting. That's what I want to achieve with my artistic work.
ARTICLES AND REVIEWS:
Article in Sundsvalls Tidning about my exhibition at Galleri Granen: http://www.st.nu/kultur/konst/det-karga-och-kampande [15/9-2015]
Bothnia Salong Norrbotten och Västerbotten
Formex Design Talents
Utställning hos KällbergElmberg,Umeå
Smyckeutställning Umedalens bibliotek
Konst i kvarn, Vindeln
Konstinstallation i samband med MSOS release,Galleri Verkligheten, Umeå
Julutställning gamla mejeriet Röbäck
Umeå stadsbibliotek ,Kulturhuset Väven
Galleri Granen, Sundsvall
Husets första festival, KF Huset, Klöse
Konsten i det gröna, Forslunda trädgård, Umeå
Vänsterpartiets första maj-firande, Boden
L´atelier Bletterie, La Rochelle, France
Group exhibition with Marika Väremo, Sockerbruket Majorna, Göteborg
Lighting mock-up, Nossan ljusfestival, Grästorp
Group exhibition with my parents, Marianne Mettävainio-Nilsson och Stefan Nilsson, Bodens konstgille