Copyright Ida Haag 2019
To talk about Ida Haag's art without trying to understand her mind is virtually impossible. For her to survive in the "normal" world she uses special mechanisms and fictional characters of herself. Some of these personas are from her parallel world, Ismanien. These characters are the ones you can see in her art. Her art speaks of identity, illution, magic and nudity. The motifs conceals strong dramatic emotions often within deceptively endearing images.
Ida has a BA degree in Fine Arts from East London University, Image & Form Mälardalens University, Photo & Image Umeå University,
Art & Design Ålsta College and a background as a photographer and jewelry designer. Ida has mostly exhibited abroad including London,
Paris and Bordeaux. She lives and work in Enköping, Sweden and Bali, Indonesia where she also stays and work a few months a year.
HOW SHE WORKS
Ida Haags studio has become her life. All that is within her facilitates need to "get out". Ida describes it as she doesn't have a choice.
" My art is my survival" she says. To get control over her emotions she breaks them down and reconstructs them in her art, bit by bit, layer by layer.
The process to the final result can sometimes take up to a year. Each layer has its own story and state of mind. In real life we can not break down emotions but we are still trying to be in control over them. "All the feelings we repress are always the ones that finally come up to the surface", she says.
Photo: Andy Hawthorne