I have been lucky to be able to interview Sophie Linnemann who is also know as Heste Jente. She is 19 years old, grew up in Skovshoved and dropped out of high school a little more than 4 years ago. Now Sophie is studying at Tekstilskolen in Holte and has her own small art studio at home which she is working at in parallel.
How would you describe your universe?
I think I would call it expressive and naïve. It is fantasy tales from my own imagination which I visualize through all the different medias I can get my hands on. It is a complete mess filled with deformed creatures, flamingos, eyes, glitter and gold, sewing thread, candy, wadding, papers, plants and dots in strong colors.
What inspires you?
My eye is always caught by structures, color combinations, spaces and surfaces. I am very tied up with textiles and taktalitet and I am constantly looking for new materials. I also find people who are driven by and true to their principles very inspiring. When people are capable of expressing their personal universe through the way they dress, the way they speak, the food they eat, and the way they organize themselves, the color lighter they choose at the 7-Eleven, the filters they choose on Instagram – and everything from their unconscious.
Who is your favorite artist?
I am very drawn my multi artists who express themselves through all kinds of media and create they own unique universe. For instance Nick Cave for his eye for textiles, Yayoi Kusama for her polka dot installations and Tal R for his expressive and naïve universe. But I could go on – there are a lot of amazing people.
What is your signature and trademark?
I always try to achieve consistency in everything I do – like my role models – as I see that as one of the strongest trademarks. It takes time to achieve, and requires that you work hard for years. But if I had to say something right now it would be my Instagram name Henste_jente.
How long have you done art?
I have been drawing, painting and taking photographs since I was a little girl, but I am not sure when I will get to do art. Right now I am just doing what I need to do because I find it stimulating to be working intuitively.
How did you find out that art was going to be career?
I think I have always known that I would spend my life working with something where I could express myself creatively. But since there are so many ways to do that I had to try out different things. So I started by studying at the VERA school of art and design where I studied photography.
I started there right after I had dropped out of high school. It took a long time for me to admit to myself – and for my parents to realize – that I was impossible and demotivated, and that I would never complete high school successfully. (I am just not the brightest when it comes to numbers and gramma). So it was not until I had made the decision to drop out that I really found out what I wanted to do, make and effort and prove to myself that I was good at something.
At photo-school I also took a lot of extra courses in design and textile. For a long time I thought I wanted to be a full-blown designer – but in the last year I have come to terms with the fact that I am not the best at making things that HAS to be functional – so now I am trying to find the middle ground combining art and design.
What are your creative plans for the future?
That is something I will decide as time comes, and something that is constantly evolving. I dream of being able to make a living doing what makes me happy – and that is expressing myself in form and material, color and everything else possible. I don’t want to limit myself in any way.
What is your biggest dream?
I have many different dreams. My biggest dream is to start my own hullabaloo art studio with a high ceiling and a huge vegetable garden. The house should be striped and inside it should boom with colors. It has art workshops for serigraphy, metals, woodshop and a lot of looms – all thinkable material has to be right at hand.
What is your latest project?
This summer I worked on a 7 meter long art piece – acryl on paper – which I exhibited a couple of weeks ago as part of the launch of Papercut Issues.