A good mix  

At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Swedish artist Jennie Margareta Andersson to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.

Jennie Andersson Artist Studio The Ode To

What do you want to call your series of artworks?

– Depending on what shape they have, I call my pieces CANDLE HOLDER 8 and CANDLE HOLDER 4. Nothing more and nothing less. I like that.

What technique have you used?

– I’ve used recycled, industrial aluminum profiles that I’ve cut in the right sizes, together with mirror glass. The glass is cut and grinded by hand and glued on the profiles. All pieces are handmade by me.

What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?

– I actually got inspired during my own creative process, when working on my installation, ”The Scenery”. This is often how it works for me; different projects give me energy and ideas for new ones.

What other artists inspire you?

– There are so many great artists out there but If I must mention one, I’d say KITE. Their live acts, it’s like some sort of transfer, to be drawn towards something else, unnamed, which you cannot resist. I love that!

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– What I thought was just a year to try something else before my university studies turned out to be a kickoff! I studied art and design for 8 years, both in Sweden and in Denmark. It made me find my context, but it was not a straight path. After having started a small design studio with a friend in Copenhagen, I got an opportunity that I couldn’t resist; I was offered a job as a product manager for furniture and lighting at a large fashion and interior company in Sweden. Some interesting years later I moved back south for a new position as a project manager, helping Swedish fashion brands to realize their store concepts worldwide.

Later, I finally took the chance to recreate my life. My focus was to challenge and develop myself as an artist and designer. I found my working process where sculptural objects, installations and functional products are built up simultaneously side by side. It all makes sense now, the squiggly way that might seem like a detour, but it wasn’t. It all adds up in a sweet mix! It's a nice feeling.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

– Transformation, curiosity, materiality.

What we love about Jennie Margareta Andersson:

When beauty and simplicity meet great craftsmanship, our hearts skip a beat.