Matilda Enegren was born in 1989 in Vasa, Finland, and is currently based in Jakobstad, Finland. She graduated from Novia University of Applied Sciences, Nykarleby (FIN), in 2012, with a BA degree in Painting, Fine Arts.
“I work with painting, and as a base for my images I use photos taken by myself or others. In my search for images, I focus on daily life, inconsequential situations (interesting lighting), and moments containing something subtle that strikes me. I study the photos and try to identify what that is. How much of myself is in other people, and do I know when I see things for what they really are? By painting, I can transform the overwhelming archive of conscious and unconscious pictures and impressions that exist in my mind” – is how Enegren describes her way of working.
Swedish paper bag girls, 2014. 70 x 100cm, watercolor and gouache on paper
Her work is included in the just-launched wide-ranging and exhilarating survey of largely unknown talents – the book “100 Painters of Tomorrow”, written by Kurt Beers and published by Thames & Hudson, and it can be seen in “100 Painters of Tomorrow” group show at Tribeca, New York, from November 6, 2014.
What’s the best moment of your day?
When I get a glimpse of the sun while walking to school.
Why do you work as an artist?
It has always been the only profession I could ever think of.
Which films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you?
There are three films that I recently saw: Alice Rohrwacher’s “The Wonders”, Anna Odell’s “Återträffen”, and Robert Bresson’s “Mouchette”.
Where do you currently get ideas for your works?
From walking along the streets of Gothenburg.
Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?
Works from my artist friends.
What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?
At the moment, I am busy with assignments and things connected to my education, but otherwise, I like to go for walks.
Do you sleep a lot?
At least eight hours a day.
Do you collect anything?
Yes, I collect matchboxes that I find on the street, but I only keep the inner part, the box.
What is one of the most important things in your studio?
The computer or phone, so that I can play music or listen to podcasts.
What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day: rye bread, cheese, an egg and coffee. I also love dark chocolate. I don’t like to cook, but I love to eat proper food, any food.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.
I am not very talented in a social sense, so I become very nervous when I think about meeting people I haven’t met before; but I would be curious to meet Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz and Helene Schjerfbeck.