Alice Herbst Playlist
Parallel Radio Interview :
Can you tell us a bit about you?
My family moved around a lot and it was difficult to adapt to new situations and places – so I always felt a bit different from everyone else. As I grew into my teens this worsened and I developed Body dysmorphic disorder, which I battled for five years before becoming healthy. My life changed radically when I was 18 and I decided to participate in Sweden’s Next Top Model. This became a personal revenge for me after so many years of facing the mirror everyday with a (to my eyes) horribly looking face. I ended up winning a contract with an agency, an Elle-cover and a Mercedes-Benz.
After deciding modelling was not for me, (That’s a whole other story) I used the money that I had gotten from selling the car to go to art school where I studied for three years, until I decided that I was finished.
How would you describe yourself?
I have high energy almost all the time and I have to slow myself down sometimes. I like to learn more about things I hear so I tend to look a lot at documentaries, podcasts, youtube videos and TED talks. This does not mean that everything I learn is necessary information – sometimes I learn about weird cults or how a Tarantula eats its prey. I guess that I’m just curious and need to be entertained or informed about something every day.
I like routines and I usually start every morning by doing yoga and then start my day with painting to the evening. I do give myself a break once or twice a week.
What other career could we imagine for you?
I could see myself as a video content creator. I like to edit video material and come up with different topics to discuss with people online. I used to have a Youtube channel and I might go back to something similar – but with focus on art – that would be the only way to have time for both – mix them!
What Art means to you? Painting while Listening to Music?
Art is very wide, with a lot of different genres. Though I sometimes enjoy the form of video art at a museum it is more or less paintings and sculptures that gets me inspired. I know when I like something because it will make my mind work and plan for my next project.
I don’t always listen to music when I paint because it can affect my mood to much. I had a period when I was listening to Nirvana when creating and my style changed to the worse. I can enjoy Fleet foxes or something that goes with my rhythm of painting.
Favorite project you worked on?
It must be one that I am preparing for right now. Me and my partner Chris Högman (also artist) are planning for our first workshop together. We became a team in art school and we talked a lot about our dreams and the vision we had to one day host our own workshop with topics that would feel important to us. We finally have the opportunity to share with other aspiring artists how to manage a career in art without an art school and with social media as the most important tool. I like to think about the future of art and I believe that a lot is going to change in the coming future. Some are afraid of this, I think it is progress.
Your worst nightmare? Most beautiful dream?
My dreams are straight up weird most of the time. I dream things similar to my daily life with the exception of strange, but very persuasive metaphors appearing.
One recurring dream is where I suddenly remember that I have a bunny in a cage under my bed. When I pull it out on the floor I see that the poor thing is all rag and bone with no water or food and the cage has not been cleaned in a long time.
I realized that I dream this when I have someone or something that I feel guilty for not giving enough attention. For example, when I have a friend that I haven’t talked to in a while or when I have bought something for a lot of money just to end up forgotten in a drawer. Fact is that I had a bunny when I was little and I saw him become sick and die in his cage. This is a memory that does not go away apparently.
My favourite dreams involve a feeling of being unlimited. Having unlimited inspiration, discovering that I have a big house that has huge potential or that I have magical power.
Unfortunately this is one of those, I have something exciting that I can’t reveal yet, but I am very excited to be hosting a lecture in a small little town in Italy with a big company as my audience. Right now I am focusing a lot on not only making paintings but meeting people and talking about my experiences.
…What were you doing Saturday night?
I was probably sleeping in my plane seat on my way home to Stockholm with my family and partner. We had a vacation together in Spain enjoying swimming and eating lots of food.
What do you have in your pockets right now?
I do not have any pockets on my dress but I do have a purse which is filled with random receipts, cards, medicine for migraine, dollar bills from my trip to New York earlier, phone, keys and the lipstick of today.
…A last word in french for our french readers?
“Je suis fatigué.” Not because I am, this just happened to be one of the few sentences I still remember from learning french as a young child. (We had a classmate who were part french