Inspired by nature

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

What do you call your series of artworks?

– I call my series of artworks Wonderland Views, inspired by the beauty of nature. It’s a colourful and lively reflection of nature and what's within me.

What technique have you used?

– I work almost exclusively with acrylic and brushes on cotton and linen canvas.

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

– I was surrounded by the prairies and the ocean my entire childhood, so nature is a big part of my roots and my source of inspiration. Different combinations of colours and shapes are an endless treasure and I love to play with that when creating abstract encounters in my paintings.

What other artists do you admire?

– Helen Frankenthaler. I’m captured by her colour combinations and her strong, unexpected, harmonious and inspiring compositions.

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

– I come from an artistic family where art has always been a way to express yourself and I definitely feel that imagination and creativity are my fuels for feeling alive. In my early twenties, I moved from the South of Sweden to settle down in Paris where I studied and worked for 10 years. With a master’s degree in Art Direction, my design has crossed different disciplines such as window display design, brand identity and packaging design within luxury and prêt-à-porter. When working in Beijing, I made my first encounter with textile and print design, a passion that I'm constantly inspired to develop. To create is an infinite part of me and has always been. The empty paper inspires me, I always get my energy flowing just by the thought of colouring that white space. When I created my first artwork a piece of me fell into place and today, I feel pure happiness continuing this inspiring path.

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

– Colourful, lively, flourishing.

What we love about Sara Ödman:

The combination of great craftsmanship, a colourful expression and soft, organic shapes make us adore the art of Sara Ödman.