Pictas Focus: Interview with the artist
Talking with Cecilie Åserud
Welcome, dear friend, and thanks for choosing to spend a little time with us.
Today’s post is a beautiful interview with Cecilie Åserud and we will dive into her creativity and her way to create art.
To start, here are Cecilie’s social handles. No need to say I highly recommend you follow her and check her work:
Now, grab yourself a coffee, make yourself comfortable and enjoy!
Q: Welcome, Cecilie, it’s great to have you with us today! I think the best way to begin is to share something about yourself.
A: Hi, my name is Cecilie Åserud. I live close to Oslo in Norway with my husband and two teenage boys. I’m a full-time Art Director, and magazine design has been my occupation for the last 25 years. As the years went by, I started to feel the need to create something just for myself and the camera was close at hand. Exactly five years ago I signed up for my first photography workshop, with the Norwegian photographer Morten Krogvold. I had no idea what to expect, and I was completely blown away. Well, mostly it felt like five days in the tumble dryer. I came back confused and disoriented. But all my senses were sharpened. Krogvold talked nothing of equipment or technique, only of the art of seeing and the art of telling a story. And the importance of surrounding yourself with all kinds of great art, not only photography. Paintings, literature, music, movies and so on. I was hooked.
Q: That sounds like the start of an amazing artistic path! Tell us more.
A: It was, actually! Since then, I have attended several workshops with amazing photographers who have shared their knowledge and insights. This has led me on my path, and I’ve learned that the process is the most important journey. The community built along the way is extremely important too. And, you know, just doing the work continuously, and going out of the comfort zone from time to time. To me, photography is a way of self-exploration, and I continue to be fascinated and curious about what will come to the surface in the next frame.
While learning and finding my own artistic dimension, I met the wonderful Pictas team.
I am so grateful for this inclusive creative community and the friends I have made here. The vision - Learn, Create, Inspire together - really resonates with me. Together with Nikki Finch and the team I’ve had the pleasure to contribute to making the online Pictas magazines and this has been great fun and very rewarding.