Astri Styrkestad Haukaas is an artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark where she co-runs the non-profit workspace KVIT. She attended Strykejernet Art School in Oslo, Norway. Inspired by nature and the subjective filter of memory, her work reflects on human relationships with the natural world.
"My subject matter is nature filtered by subjective memory. I work to interpret moments I’ve had in nature, fleeting memories, whether that is witnessing an overly heavy sky or water steaming by with information. I love thinking about how humans make connections with nature. We need to connect intimately with nature, yet we also distance ourselves from it and continuously feel the need to differentiate between what is natural and not. I work to bring the physical world inside through my creative process. I go out into the wilderness to fill up my body and soul with the feeling of nature, and then I bring this back with me to the studio and integrate what I learn. I let the painting take its form without too many rules though the color palette is important. I work on a painting until I recognize it, until it is something I feel at home in. The painting process also reflects the way I move in nature and in the studio. It is about a flow, accessing places without too many plans or strict rules, and letting a meditative curiosity guide the way." - Astri Stykrestad Haukaas
2010 - 2013, KaosPilot, Business & Design School, Aarhus, Denmark, Leadership and Entrepreneurship
2008 - 2010, Strykejernet Art School, Oslo, Norway, Fine Arts