The Apple Girl

The Apple Girl

My Applegirl/woman is my inner love child and has become my symbol and logo as an artist.

First time she saw the light of day, was at an Art fair in Miami where she was greatly recognized and I won the first prize. Ever since she has been painted in all colors, sizes and shapes and she continues to bring her magic, for which I am eternally grateful.

She is an insatiable source of inspiration to me and here are some thoughts;

My Applegirls, with their back turned towards the spectator consciously creates a tension and for some a provocation of our inner feelings. We are disturbed by the fact that she turns her back towards us. However, the way I see it is that she is facing in the same direction as you and I, as observers. An unpredictable moment is created which can either entice or provoke with the fact that you are not able to see her face. The Applegirl with her back turned towards the spectator creates a tension and it is up to the viewer to complete the story. A direct facial expression sometimes reveals less than what is only implied. One of the greatest missions for me as an artist, is for the spectator, at first sight, to sense the romance, harmony and beauty of my paintings. However, at looking closer into the painting the spectator is met with one or more underlying disturbing elements. A painting needs to have an edge, an unpredictability just like life itself. We are never allowed to live in full harmony. We need there to be something to entice our eyes and soul, in order for us to let the light in.

Surrounded by the light

My Applegirl came to me in connection with a near-death experience I had back in 2008. My heart stopped and I left my body. I experienced that my soul was hovering above my body. In this very moment I was surrounded by the most beautiful, warm and divine light.

The light manifested itself in me and did that I chose to return to my body, but now as a new soul. My Applegirl exists on somewhat similar terms. She is in the same body, shape and silhouette.

A new soul in a continuous change through colors, light and energy.

My Applegirl is really close to my heart maybe that is why the apple is shaped like a heart. A heart can be broken and healed. The essence of the apple promises sweetness however can also symbolize pain. Every time I paint my Applegirl, it is like I am sending a piece of soul, light and magic into the World. Something, which originates deep within myself.

My Applegirl varies in age all depending on the mood, state of mind and inspiration that I find myself in. From a little girl to a grown woman. In many ways, she is a substantial and integrated part of me. When I stray too much or if I have too many things going on, I turn to her, because she grounds me and is fundamental for me to be able to create new paintings.

The mystery surrounding my Applegirl is that seemingly she turns her back to us as spectators. However, she is just going in the same direction as we look. We do not see her from the front, which creates mystery, curiosity and a certain suspense. In one of her hands she holds a red apple and for the people walking towards her, this apple is hidden, however for us standing behind her it is visible.

The red apple is the essence of life and death. The story goes way back to Adam and Eve. The story about temptation, expectations of something sweet and exciting. The apple however can pose a certain threat, work as a weapon – if being poisoned. Regardless of how we interpret the apple, it holds the essence of an unpredictable mystery and the fact that we will never be allowed to live in full harmony. The apple symbolized a new era, new travel and a new beginning.

It is what she hides behind her back that makes the Applegirl secretive.

The question is – do we dare to take a bite of the apple 🍎

Your personal applegirl

As my Apple girl manages to create magic on a high level, many choose to create their personal Apple girl as a soul painting.