Six questions for
Balder Olrik

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Balder Olrik.

Artist Balder Olrik

Lives in Copenhagen


How do you describe your own art practice?

I think I inherited a lot of my practice from my father, who is both a scientist and inventor. The difference is mostly the subjects. Where he wonders about physics, I wonder about human perception.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

How the world is understood by us.

What was your first experience with art?

I grew up with my grandfather’s beautiful paintings. It amazed me to see how he was able to translate the world onto a canvas. It almost seemed supernatural.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

The have been many different over time, today I would say Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Being stock in a train seat for a day or a month long corona lockdown, can release a lot of amazing ideas. When nothing happens, it becomes my responsibility to change that. 

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I was about to lie on this question, because the truth shows how horrible self absorbed I am. But if I’m allowed to mention a book, it must be Sue Prideaux’s  “I Am Dynamite!” about Friedrich Nietzsche

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