Artist: Marianne Rønnow
1.Where do you live in 2020? Please describe the place and the surrounding environment.
I live and work in a large forest in northern Denmark. The forest is located high in the landscape, and as my house and studio are lying on the edge of the forest, I have a very large view, also to the sea. My studio is a white wooden house, built from our own trees , by my husband and me.
2.How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect you personally in your country and its countermeasures?
COVID-19 Pandemic is of course terribly scary and must be treated with great care. But in the first time, in March, did it have the effect, that people became more thoughtful, less selfish, more attentive to each other, we all became slower in a good sense. It had the effect on me, that time felt elastic, like when you were a child, and that was nice ! Later we all slowly, slowly got tired and irritated. This Christmas we have the largest number of infected !
As for my country´s handling of the corona crisis, I have the hole time felt, that The Danish Parliament prescribed the right restrictions. The 27/12 20, the first dane was vaccinated !
3.Where is one of the places you enjoy most this year? How do you spend your time there? can you describe what it looks like?
I spend a lot of time by the sea, I love to look at and to listen to the sea, just to be there and to swim under the water with open eyes ( don´t want any diving equipment ), watch the light move under the water surface. The Danish seasides can be very different, but where I live, the sea, in east, is relative calm, and the beach is graceful, sometimes little roses can grow there. By the west coast however, the sea can be very powerful, with large waves, wonderful to bathe in. The beach is huge, wide, seems infinite.
4.Where is the farthest place you have been this year?
5.Who do you live with in 2020?
I live with my dear husband, Hans.
6.How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect the way you work?
COVID-19 had the affect on my work, that I reached for clay, which I feel is the safest material of all. Also other three-dimensional materials have some of that atmosphere.
It also had the affect that I became more meditative. The forest does make my everyday life rather meditative. In 2020 did the often isolated life it even more. The meditative peace was a good input to my work.
Moreover, did my Art Correspondence with the Norwegian artist, Barbro Raen Thomassen, good. we plan to make an exhibition out of our correspondence, which started in 2004, and still is going on.
7.Has your work been promoted in some way?
Yes I think it has, maybe it has become a little bit deeper…
8.Are you more anxious this year than in previous years? If so, how do you relieve your anxiety?
When huge worldwide disasters happen, such as this one, I become unsafe, but I never felt really anxious. My life unter the corona crisis was not very different from what it use to be. But it was very, very hard to grasp that all the things you heard and read was REAL ! To me it was very unreal, and that was a strange new, not good, feeling.
9.Recommend some movies or books you have seen this year (or a poem), you can briefly explain why.
Movie: ´The Parasites ´ by Bong Joon Ho.
10.Have you ever imagined what human life would be like after the end of COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes, and I´m afraid that everything will get back to normal, that we haven’t learned something. In the first time after the COVID-19 eruption people and politicians talked much about ´The green upheaval ´, how to cut Co 2 emissions. That the crisis would be a start shot for all good initiatives concerning the environment. Lately we haven’t heard so much about that. A good thing is that the government have committed to cut C0 2 with 70% before 2030.
关于艺术家 MARIANNE RØNNOW
PERSONAL PROFILE: What I have always wanted with my personal art life, is to play and research. In my art work I use multimedia with an conceptual access.
I have exhibited in many countrys in Europe, ones in New York and one unforgettable time in Kunming, Yunnan, China.