Nanna: I’m from that tiny blotch on the world map called Denmark.
DBH: How would you best describe your art style?
Nanna: Minimalistic and whimsical.
DBH: Where do you find your inspiration when creating your art?
Nanna: The X-Files was my main source of inspiration for a long time and it continues to inspire me whether I’m drawing whimsical pine trees, flying saucers, or desert drawings. I’m also very inspired by movies from the 80s, TV in general, the books I read, and a bunch of artists on Instagram.
DBH: When did you know you wanted to make a career in the art world?
Nanna: Well, it’s been a process.. After having dropped out of two universities, I’ve decided to just not go that way. It’s the first very active move I’ve made about pursuing the arts and it’s still very new to me. In short, I’ve known for some time but I’ve dismissed the idea of it, and still do, as I’m unsure of how to make it work. Here’s to trying anyway!
DBH: How does art impact your day to day life or your impression of the world as a whole?
Nanna: Art means everything to me. It makes me feel at ease drawing while listening to my favorite artists, I feel happy when I finish a good book, and I’m so grateful for being able to sit down and watch a fantastic movie or TV-show. But art is a lot of things and not just limited to what I just listed. Up until recently, I had a very narrowed definition of art and what it means being an artist. I’m just as much an artist as the teacher teaching a bunch of sixth graders grammar. Art is everywhere.
DBH: What does a day of creating artwork look like for you and how to you start your creative process?
Nanna: It’s 60% of me not knowing what to draw and asking other people to tell me what to draw, 30% of checking my phone and texting with friends, 2% of searching for inspiration on Instagram, 7% of eating, and 1% of actual drawing. And it’s a cactus. Just like yesterday.
DBH: When you’re not creating, what do you like to do with your time?
Nanna: Actually that’s the thing I do. I go to work and whenever I have time for it, I draw. Occasionally, to spice things up, I also sleep and daydream about either England or Greece.
DBH: What artist (either current or past) do you most admire and why?
Nanna: Dallas Clayton is one of my all time favorite artists. He spends so much time spreading joy wherever he goes, he inspires everyone to be kind and help where help is needed, and he has changed, and continues to do so, the way I see the world. I also have to mention Amanda Palmer as she’s a hero of mine. She’s not famous for painting or drawing but she is an artist in every sense of the word and her perseverance is awe-inspiring. She also made me more aware of how there are alternative ways to reach goals like getting a book published. Finally, I admire my sister, who draws, a lot too. Every day, more or less, I sit across from her and stare at her beautiful illustrations and I’m in awe of what she can do as soon as she sets a goal for herself. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to achieve.
DBH: What’s the best advice that’s been given to you as an artist?
Nanna: “When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.” Neil Gaiman said that! In his Make Good Art speech! I encourage you to spend a few minutes reading all of it. He’s a genius.