suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
joakim OLAUSSEN: “Oil,” a minimal yet detailed illustration. I’m from Norway, and just 50 years ago our main income would be fish export, but then in 1970 we discovered the oil. My generation has a life based on the oil, we have money and Norway is now a rich country with the best living conditions. Oil, a simple thing, just like my piece; but still it has it’s importance.
“I remember” . . . I remember the days when I could walk in the woods, and imagine a creature could exist, unseen by the human eye.
“Detective,” the ideal job when i was a kid. A smoking pipe, a suit and a hat, and all this while investigating crime, that would’ve been something . . .
“The Sound,” a piece I created with photos I took outside in the freezing cold. I would always hear sounds I couldn’t describe, and there was always this one sound that made me run inside.
“Different Reality”; Open your eyes, close them and when you open them you’re somewhere else. Witnessing something new is like seeing something from a different reality.
sP: What or who influenced this project?:
jO: There are always things inspiring me, and usually I take what I feel and think and make it into art. But there is also artists that inspire me, Rik Oostenbroek, Allan Tangedal and many more. A great site for inspiration is depthcore.com
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jO: Before I started on “I remember,” i listened to “Thomax — I remember (Apathy)”, a song that really made me think about things I’ve been through and it really inspired me. But usually I just watch TV, read schoolbooks, and listen to music I like, and it all clashes together somehow.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
jO: Rik Oostenbroek is working on his personal portfolio (older one is secretshowcase.com) and I know it’s lots of great art coming, so I’m just counting down the days now.
Additional credits and links:
Joakim Olaussen — joaking.net