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Niklas Jakobsen


Control and the loss of it. P
ictured as jockeys falling off their horses. Being critical towards own choices and learning how to let go of control have been important steps and recurring themes for Copenhagen-based artist Niklas Jakobsen in his working processes. 

WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Niklas Jakobsen, I make fine art amongst many other things.  I’m an architect by education, but right now I work as a carpenter - sort of the opposite of what you normally see, I think. But I do like the feeling of getting off the path in a certain aspect. I’ve always been drawing and painting, as far back as I remember. Everyone was drawing in kindergarten but then lost the interest and  began playing soccer or something else. I continued drawing and painting, which I’ve done ever since.

HOW DO YOU USE YOUR BACKGROUND AS AN ARCHITECT IN YOUR WORK AS AN ARTIST?
I felt drawn into architecture school, because I thought that being an architect meant that you would draw all day long. That was the case most of the time, but I always had to remind myself, that every line I drew, I needed to be able to explain why. It taught me that drawing a beautiful form wasn’t enough, if I didn’t properly consider it’s intended function. That idea is really ingrained in me and it has often been a hindrance to my process, as I step into the role of an artist instead. It’s been difficult for me to let loose of control and allow myself to trust my intuition as to whether a motif works, and not having to defend my choices all the time. Being critical towards my choices and learning how to let go of my control has been an important step. Sometimes you just need to go mental.

WHAT DO YOU GET FROM PAINTING THAT YOU DON'T GET ELSEWHERE?
When I bike to my studio, it’s all to find a sense of calm and focus. I used to be a perfectionist, which meant that I would never be satisfied with anything I did, but through the painting I’m learning how to let go of that and make room for errors. Being able to accept them gives me a huge sense of satisfaction, especially when you can work from those mistakes.

WHEN DID YOU LAST TIME FEEL INSPIRED?
The other day I was finger painting with my daughter. She had her fingers into each color and was smearing it all over her coloring books with such satisfaction but also an obvious dedication to the detail. I stole the color combination that she made for my next piece and I bet she didn’t have any specific result in mind, but it was all about having fun. Pretty inspiring in my opinion. 

DO YOU WORK WITHIN THEMES? IF YES, WHICH THEMES & WHY?
I like working from a theme and I probably do it more subconsciously than I think. It might be due to my time at architecture school. It gives me a sense of direction to cling to, and a way to dive deeper into the motif. A theme I’m working on now is control and the loss of it. The motif I’m using are riders falling off their horses.

WHAT EXHIBITIONS ARE A MUST SEE AT THE MOMENT?
I guess I don’t feel very up to date on that front, as it’s been a while since I caught a good show. But a museum I really like is “Davids Samling” on Kronprinsessegade. They have their permanent collection and usually a temporary one. Their collection of Islamic art is massive and incredibly beautiful, and I’ll never get tired of looking at it.
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