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Q & As with Erin Liljegren

How did you hear about Refresh Art Award and what made you want to enter?

I discovered the Refresh Art Award through Instagram, which has become a fantastic portal for finding artist opportunities world-wide. I had never exhibited internationally before and was enticed by the Art Prize, so I said "what the hey, I'll go for it."

2. What was your highlight from being part of Refresh Art Award?

My highlight was making the shortlist of artists that were given the opportunity to show their work in London. I wish I could have made the trip with my art, next time!

3. What advice might you give to someone interested in entering the next competition?

Go for it, you may just get in. 

4. What is the most important thing to you as an artist? This can be physical or internal.

I would have to say the most important thing to me as an artist is having my own unique perspective in life, and how I can bring that personal accumulation of inspiration, fears, humor, uncertainty and knowledge to a visual conversation with my own two hands. 

5. What inspires your current art practice?

I'm inspired by bright colors, unexpected forms, intricate line work, piles of things, the environment and natural world, and the sociology of people on this planet. I also like working with what I already have and challenging myself to make something interesting with limited resources.

6. Where do you see your artwork going next?

I'm ready to make some larger scale work, perhaps I'll try painting murals. I just found a projector at a garage sale, so I'll take that as a sign.

The Cloud I Carry, Erin Liljegren, Acrylic, graphite, and collage on paper 22 x 42 inches 2019


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