Norwegian artists Thea Elisabeth Haavet and Elisabeth Helvin were invited to come to TCG Nordica work as residency artists, residence time: Dec/20/2009–Jan/4/2010
Thea Elisabeth Haavet:
I am a 34 year old Norwegian journalist and filmmaker. I have a bachelor degree in comparative religion, antropology and theater/dance from Norway – and a Master of fine arts in Theater from New York. But my professional life has mostly been in the media. I have worked for many years as a journalist for newspapers and magazines – and also for TV as a writer and director. I love dancing, tango, salsa and dance impro – and just finished a documentary on tango – my favorite dance. I also like very much travelling and meeting people from different cultures. I attend Oslo International Church – which has members from most part of the world – which I enjoy very much. I believe in empowering and transforming people and societies by art – and among others I have worked with young people in South-Africa, using theater as a method.
sculpture from Elisabeth Helvin
My education is in teaching and I have worked with rehabilitation of people with drug problems and in children care before I got an invitation to move to South Africa and learn the craft of ceramic in 2001. Since 2002 I have worked as a sculptor full time, mostly here in Norway. I also work with photography, painting and drawing. You are welcome to visit my website www.elisabethhelvin.no to get a feel for what I do.
The last two years I have completed a degree in counseling. I believe that art and the creative process has a healing effect on people. I believe that one of the things we are made for is to create. So besides sculpting I work with children that has lost parents and parents that has lost children. Using art together with conversation as a tool to work trough the process of grief and to deal with the great and difficult loss this people have experienced. I find this work very meaningful – and we also experience the transformational power of the creative process.
My big fascination in life is people, I newer stop being amazed! And it keep me seeing new thing, about myself and life. I also as Thea loves to travel and see new places. Learning about different ways of living. I enjoy music and I love a good story; told through a book, on stage, screen or by the fire.