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Instagram: @amalilje

Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do

My name is Amalie Thrysøe. I’m a Danish artist, born in May’ 1996. I work primarily with a small pen, liquid ink & collage techniques. My illustrations are inspired by botany, home & my great love for French cinema from the past.

In parallel with my artistic practice, I study textile design at the Design School in Kolding. Here I am particularly interested in researching textile storytelling techniques - it is a new but very fruitful field for me to work in.

Could you explain more about how being a woman has affected your career?

The art scene is a quite complex field to navigate in. As a young female artist, it has been a bit intimidating to deal with the existing systems & dynamics that exist. For me, it is important not to let that energy dominate and take up too much space mentally. I prioritize creating the most fruitful frames around me that allows me to follow my intuition. It's not always easy and I often get a bit overstimulated and feel overwhelmed by other people's energies and opinions. I learned that it’s extremely important to be able retain the right to define oneself.

Can you name some other female (artist) that inspires you and explain why they do so?

Oh, there is a lot of inspiring female artists out there. Here is a few of my favourites.

Nina Koltchitskaia (@ninakoltchitskaia). The power behind the delicate sensitivity in her paintings are truly inspiring.

Marion Fayolle (@fayollemarion). Her ability to work with metaphors & symbolism. Her sense of humor is so delightful.

Puk Ewdokia (@puk_ewdokia). Her drive & courage, as well as her sweet quirky line.

Cornelia O’Donovan (@corneliaodonovan) is absolutely amazing. Especially her color palette and compositions.

What has been the most challenging aspect of being a female artist?

Hmm... to be taken seriously, I guess. I have spent a lot of time working with the subtle feeling of guilt & shame that comes with believing in yourself and your work. It takes courage to believe, and courage is a muscle that must be maintained. I learned a lot from growing up with self-employed parents who taught me a lot of lessons - & that I can do exactly what I want in life, if I work for it.

What would you like people to notice in your artwork?

It’s important to me that my work recalls a feeling. That, I feel, is the most prominent task as an artist. In my process, I enjoy drawing details. There is a special meditative space in the slow & detail-rich process that I’m really fond of. To add small words, things & bits and bobs that contribute to the story - that won’t be noticed right away, it requires a bit of presence from the viewer.

Each Monday we bring you a fresh interview with a female artist.