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Lisbeth Thygesen, kunst, kunstner, kunstnerudtalelse

Artist statement:

I have a great love for nature, for all its plants and animals, for rocks, dirt, air, clouds, water, etc. I love it all, and I believe that it is all animated.

Paradoxically, I live in the middle of the city in Frederiksberg/Copenhagenin Denmark, and part of my artistic practice can probably be attributed to my constant longing to be out of the city, out where I can feel the breath of the planet, the power of nature, and the whisper of the trees.

I am a shamanic healer, I use shamanism in my everyday life, I experience the world through “shamanistic” glasses. Therefore, my art is of course very much influenced by this. I ask the spirit world for advice and ask them to guide me through my works. I ask for help so that my works may bring healing and peace and do good for those who see them, or come to own them. I am asking for help in creating images that will open people’s hearts and minds. Open them to love for life, for nature and for themselves. If I can seed a little germ of this in the viewer, it’s all worth it.

Art must move us, affect us or make us think about life. At least I think so. It is not particularly “in” within the art world to want to open hearts and create what must essentially be considered spiritual art, some would probably claim that it is career suicide, but I go my own way. I have to listen to my intuition and follow the path that feels right to me, that is what fills me with passion and joy of life.

Artist Biography:

Lisbeth Thygesen was born in Glostrup and grew up in Greve in 1973. She lives and works in Frederiksberg.

As a child, she spent most days in nature in both Denmark and Sweden. The Scandinavian nature has had a great influence on her and her world view. She has always been fascinated by nature’s animals and plants. Both as a child and as an adult, she has experienced nature as soulful, and her art is an expression of a deep longing to both connect to and with the spirituality of nature, but also to open this world up to others.

As a person, she is deeply fascinated with the power of nature, and her shamanistic approach to this, greatly influences her artistic expression. The inspiration for her works comes through meditation, drumming journeys, clairvoyance, intuition and not least trips in nature with conscious use of intention and shamanistic methods to connect with the nature spirits.

With her art, she wants to make people aware of the beauty and healing power of nature, in the hope that it will also contribute to us taking better care of each other and our planet Earth.

She studied art history at the University of Copenhagen and also has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, where her main focus was aesthetic learning processes. These studies present a theoretical background in her artistic practice, but technically she is a self-taught artist. Most of her works are acrylic on canvas, where she uses a glazing technique to create vivid colors and depth, but she also works with watercolor and drawings as well as sculpture and ceramics.

Lisbeth has exhibited in several galleries, both solo and group exhibitions, as well as art associations and art fairs in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Spain.

She had her solo exhibition debut in 2015 at Gallery kbh kunst in Copenhagen, Denmark.

She had her juried exhibition debut at one of the 5 major nationally recognized juried exhibitions in Denmark, “Kunstnernes Påskeudstilling” in 2018 (KP18). 3 of her works were accepted out of a total of 29 accepted works.

In 2018, she also received the “Audience Award” at the Hillerød Censured Spring Exhibition.

Editor on danish art magazine Kunstavisen and art critic on danish newspaper Jyllandsposten, Tom Jørgensen, writes the following about my art:

“Lisbeth Thygesen.

Dreams and fables. These are the two key words when describing Lisbeth Thygesen’s visual world.

The dreams are her own. What we see in the pictures, and the stories we can deduce from them, is rooted in her dreams. Dreams that only appear in their entirety when the individual image is painted. This is a completely unconscious process.

Fables are tales with animals in the lead roles. Animals that have human characteristics and express human emotions, concepts and philosophies of life. The two best known fable storytellers are Aesop and la Fontaine, but Lisbeth Thygesen’s fables are deeply personal and come directly to her through her dreams.

Looking at the paintings, you discover two things. First, many of the animals and creatures have eyes placed around the body. Here one immediately comes to think of the Third Eye, which is the eye of cognition in Buddhist philosophy of life, from which one can look back into the past and into the future, but most importantly: see through and acknowledge life as suffering. A necessity to open the eye through meditation and practice. Thus, the Third Eye has to do with wisdom and recognition.

The other thing we immediately notice is Lisbeth Thygesen’s landscapes. This is the Nordic nature with deep, dark forests and with colors characterized by being subject to the seasons changes.

In this landscape and scenery we see bears, foxes, badgers and ravens, but also decidedly imaginary creatures. Lisbeth Thygesens art is based on the characteristics of the individual animal: the strong and extremely protective mother bear, the supple and agile fox, the smart raven and the shy badger living underground during the day and only coming out at night.

Lisbeth Thygesen paints the bear as a symbol of strength, courage and steadfastness. She might plant a budding little oak tree where the heart should be, to show that even the most humble and overlooked thing can grow big, strong and mighty. Not the only example of plant and flower symbolism by Lisbeth Thygesen. For instance she can place some beautiful purple fireweed in the hands of a badger’s spirit. Fireweed, that in flower symbolism express courage, humanity and protection, correspond well to the badger’s both literal and symbolic groundedness.

On the whole, many of Lisbeth Thygesen’s paintings revolve around the necessity of being able to rest deep within oneself and dare to take the leap forward, upward and inward towards wisdom. About the necessity of reaching a self-insight, for only then can one come into harmony with one’s surroundings, with nature, the world and everything. 

In other words, if Lisbeth Thygesen’s skilfully executed paintings are rooted in personal experiences and personal dreams, their message is universal and existential.”

– Tom Jørgensen

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