Hello! This is a collection of things I’m into: journaling, bookbinding, photography, fanzine-making as well as drawing, collage, print-making and images made with quinoa. Have a look!
One thing I love about art is that it offers a continuum rather than separate boxes. It escapes the knowing and dividing mind, offering as a “both” rather than an “either-or”. It’s the most life-like thing I know. Nothing else can hold and express every piece of living at the same time; whole and broken, known and unknown.
I sometimes view my images as maps, or blueprints perhaps, holding together specific elements in a particular relation to one another: This moment, in this place with these particular sounds. A thought. A neighbor vacuuming. Glue from a band-aid still on my left thumb. This particular fear and anticipation.
Explorations on paper
I love being passionate about ideas. I love trying things out. How great is that feeling when you lift the paper to see how a print turned out? There is pure joy in that moment. Regardless of the medium – I look for that sense of discovery. That’s probably why I don’t stick to a single form or medium. There’s always something else I’d like to try.
There is agency in art-making. We get to put things in order. We get to be makers. We get to arrange and contextualize, underline and pin down. Or – the other way around: Disrupt. We can destabilize the presupposed and create new meaning. For a moment, look. I’m breaking free.
I’m Camilla Lekebjer. I was born in 1980 in Stockholm, Sweden. I’ve lived in Malmö for many years, but recently moved to Umeå. I love learning new crafts and arts. Other things I’m excited about are food, fresh air and climate activism.
What about the writing?
Well, I’ve got a B.A. in the Swedish language specializing in creative writing and socio-linguistics. My writing has been published in Lyrikvännen, as well as online literature magazines such as Ett lysande namn and Läcker. For a few years I kept a blog, kind of a one-woman-think-tank-type-thing, called Möjlighetsdagen (2009-2011), which was about the necessity of visionary thinking, critical imagination and utopian fantasies in the struggle for social and ecological justice. Lots of writing projects have come and gone though the years. My poetry, I think, is snoozing.
Why don’t you say hello? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.