If you follow my blog you'll have noticed that I spent much of the summer in Northern Denmark, making portraits of Danish artists for the amazing Bunkerlove festival. One of those artists was the sculptor Karin Ertmann, who uses reclaimed materials (in this case decaying metals from the WWII bunkers) to create something new and amazing.
Getting the opportunity to work with so many great artists in Nordjylland over the last two years has been a wonderful and enlightening experience, for which I will be forever grateful. The Danish approach to art has opened my eyes to just how wrong we've got it in the UK. Over here art seems to be a professional endeavour, with polish, trends, financial worth and investment potential being the key attributes to good art. In the UK art is as much about what's fashionable as it is about imagination. In Denmark art is about ideas, concepts, creativity and experimentation. It is open to all, celebrated much more broadly and encouraged as a life skill that fosters other ways of seeing.
We could learn a lot from that attitude.