The Norwegian French tie

Museum night in Paris is a big event, but only for the big museums. Smaller museums featuring lesser known artists don’t get much exposure on museum night because people prefer visiting the well-known ones instead. One of these up-and-coming artists is Karianne B., who currently has an exhibition in the Norwegian Swedish Club. 

Karianne standing in front of her own collages.

Karianne standing in front of her own collages.

For the 40-year old Karianne B. a cloud illustrates peace. “All my work can be traced back to a cloud. In a cloud explosion are all the solutions for peace. My biggest work is a cloud with solutions and words written in it. The key to peace can be anything. A cloud is made up of water and water can be transformed into anything.” Solutions are very important for Karianne. She has started the project ‘Tell Us Vision’ and it’s about solutions for peace. “Men were not made to bear riffles, but to bear books,” Karianne says.

When she started researching for her cloud masterpiece, she was only making collages. It soon became a very big project. “It’s important to create a society and to create laws and principles. The base of everything is the human rights constitution. It should be perfect. We’re all one and that is important to remember. Nobody is better than another. It’s important and essential to respect each other and to have patience. Patience is very strong,” says Karianne.

The cloud of peace made by Karianne.

The cloud of peace made by Karianne.

Karianne is originally from Norway. When she came to Paris she was 23 years old and didn’t know one word of French. But within one year she understood almost everything and within three years Karianne was fluent. Still, she will never forget Norway.

Today, Karianne is married with two children. Her kids have grown up with Karianne’s ideas of peace. “They are more aware of peace and respect than some other kids. In a conversation they say mature things they’ve picked up from us. It’s not always common for children to think and talk about these subjects.”

A lot of artists say that that being an artist isn’t a job, but rather a lifestyle. The same is true for Karianne. “Hereby I’m 24 hours a day an artist. This isn’t always easy for my children of course. It’s hard for them that their mom is always working. I’m aware of that. It’s not easy to stop, because my work is everywhere. If I look to the sky and see the clouds I immediately think about my work. It’s reflected in me all the time. But I also believe that it’s important to stop working for your kids. Life is not only work. Family, friends and everyday life is here always.”

At the moment Karianne has art works hanging in the Norwegian Swedish Club. They’re all collages and might look the same, featuring blue and white. But they’re not the same. The prices of her art work varies from hundreds to thousands of euros. “It’s not that I have a set income. Some months I don’t sell anything, but when I have an exhibition I sell a lot of works,” says Karianne about her precarious life as an artist. Peace still is the most important way of living and working for her. The masterpiece of the cloud comes back once in a while. It’s the cover of one of her CDs — she’s a musician as well as an artist. Of course, she didn’t make this CD on her own; her friend, who is an actress, helped her. “She actually wrote a tale about me and my family. She sings that I’m the ocean and that’s a connection to my parents.”

The works are mostly colorful and contain words in them.

The works are mostly colorful and contain words in them.

Karianne has a big network of coworkers, friends and family and she stays connected with them via social media. But for her, it’s also very important to disconnect from everyday life. When Karianne wants to disconnect she goes back to Norway, to Trondheim. She goes there because of the sea with her husband and children. Sometimes, when her husband can’t be there, she goes only with their children. With them she goes hiking in the hills, rowing, picking berries and do some renovation work. But an important rule is that working is prohibited. “I feel more connected to the nature.”

The connection with nature is very important for Karianne. “We’re on the planet with water. There’s so much to find here. We’re exploring space but we don’t even know everything about our own planet. I think it’s important to first take care of yourself, the earth, before you take care of others, the universe.” Though Karianne loves nature she doesn’t want to move to isolated nature. “I’m a professional and I need to work. We live in a modern world, but it’s important to remind yourself of the importance of the nature. I want to commute between these two worlds.”

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