Get to Know: Elsa ÅKESSON
Tell us about your studio space - what do you love about it?
I have the privilege to have my art studio as part of my home here in London, which makes it very convenient for me as I can work on very flexible hours and it allows me to save a lot of time to focus on my art than if I were to have a separate studio. It is very spacious and I have window ceilings facing north, so there is sunlight coming in every single day, and it feels sunny even on the greyest day. It is wonderful lighting for my art.
What are you currently working on in your studio at home?
At the moment I am working on a series of very large paintings, focusing on the theme "Kids of Madagascar". I explore the beauty, innocence and purity of kids from different etnies of Madagascar.
What is your routine during the stay at home?
I paint every day. If I don't paint on a day, I will do other tasks relating to my art. I devote my life to what I do, so I focus on my art every single day whether it is on canvas or on my computer.
A usual routine would involve checking some emails in the morning, organizing some events, speaking to collectors, and getting some tasks done throughout the day, and painting in the afternoon which can end very late into the night.
Whats helping you to stay sane during lockdown
Reading books and using this time as a time for self growth! It's really been a very wonderful time for me. I've learned so much and I've been very productive artistically.
What’s playing in your studio right now?
I usually listen to podcasts or audio books. I don't listen to music much anymore. I like to be productive and learn as much as possible whilst being creative! It's a great combination.
Where do you seek inspiration?
My inspiration lately has been coming from my own photography of my travels. It is a combination of my home; Madagascar, and vivid colors. I like to bring the subject matters I paint to life by incorporating rich colors.
What insights about creativity in a time of crisis can you share with other artists?
I take this moment as a blessing. Sometimes a pause on everything happening outside is needed to focus on the inside. It is what you make of it. For me it has been a time of self growth, and a time to focus on how to grow artistically, with no distractions around.
Discover Elsa Akesson's works here