Six questions for
Tine Bek

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

Artist Tine Bek
Lives in Copenhagen, Denmark
Website http://www.tinebek.com/

How do you describe your own art practice?

I work with photography, video and sculpture primarily. But I also love to write, and I have done some projects where collaboration and curating has been the focus.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

I am very interested in hierarchy and power structures, both within material and in our societies. I think a lot about the temporary and the fragility of things. How everything is temporary so delicate.

I like to look at the human-made vs the ‘natural’. This need for us as people to change our surroundings and domesticate is very present in my works.

What was your first experience with art?

My first experience that I remember would be these posters on my parents walls in our house growing up. One was a photograph by an artist named Rosemary Laing, and portrayed a woman wearing a white dress in midair, with a blue skye and white clouds behind her. I think my mom looks at the image and sees her flying, however I always saw her as being shot and falling from the skye. Very dramatic, but beautiful. Another poster was a ballerina tying her shoes, shot in the 1980’s and with a very soft and dreamy focus. I don’t remember when I actually met contemporary art or even the first time I was introduced to art in a museum context, so it probable did not make that big of an impact at the time. But I still remember the woman in the air from the poster.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

It’s very hard to narrow it down. I get inspiration from so many places. People I meet, books, films, travelling. My latest sculptural work is inspired by a cocker spaniel called Luna.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Im pretty addable in my work but I do love my Mamiya RB67.
I need things to happen around me in order to be creative and relax in my own head.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I recently saw a wall piece by an artist called Albin Bergstöm. It was some sort of fabric on the wall and I really wanted to touch it.

In November I spend some time at an amazing residency in Mallorca called Casa Balandra run by my friend Claudia, here I met some inspiring artists, most of who were painters, they all made me with I could paint.

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