"I would not be on this planet if I did not have my photography, drawings and sculpture work, that’s the thing that drives me."
Maria Pasenau is one of Norway’s freshest new talents in the world of photography. Her interpretation of youth, culture and relationships is unique, raw and unpolished, whilst the messages are honest and heavily loaded with personality. Pasenau has established herself as one to watch in the Oslo-scene, despite her young age. She was just nominated for Årets Kunstner at Subjektprisen 2018.
Q & A:
COL: How old are you and where are you from?
MP: 23, Mjøndalen
COL: What do you do?
MP: I’m a photographer
COL: What inspired you to pursue a career in art?
MP: To tell my story, to express my feelings and to be challenged by something everyday. I would not be on this planet if i did not have my photography, drawings and sculpture work, that’s the thing that drives me.
COL: Do you remember your first work of art?
MP: I have always been painting, so I don't remember the first one, but I remember the one that drew most the attention from strangers. I was in this painting class with my mom when I was 8, and I remember very clear that the teacher said that I was a talent in the newspaper.
COL: If you could have any piece of art in history, what would you choose?
MP: This picture of Vivienne Westwood taken By Juergen Teller! LOVE,LOVE! LOVE!
COL: What is your relationship with fashion?
MP: It’s an everyday relationship, I love fashion, I always have and always will!
COL: What is the best and worst thing about being an artist?
MP: Being broke is the most unpractical, the best is that I can work 24/7 anywhere in the world.