Here is the interview with Malin Haraldsson, who´s artist name is Fru Konstnär – Mrs. Artist (this is how her husband is calling her sometimes). I know Malin from Communication as Art and Lifeplay courses which are leaded by Iris Johansson. Malin performs there monologues about life situations, sings her songs, helps Iris to connect people to their feelings. I was often touched about her way to work. I have been around and observing how she takes steps to let Fru Konstnär get born, now it is clear – Fru Konstnär lives and there´s no way back!
Fru Konstnär has much to do – Kickstarter project to collect money for her very first album, different concerts… How it is for you to follow her?
It is fantastic to accompany Fru Konstnär´s journey. All she gives me is joy, contant, energy and lots of play, play, play. I am not afraid when I am with her. Although I am not used to live artist life, it is fine, she is confident and in routin and I enjoy to follow her activities. Best play mate!
Is it first time for you to be visible in public?
I have been much on the stage with different projects, but I have never before used so much as now my own content, with my own art and music in focus. And it feels sooo good and right, it is something I have been waiting and dreamed about for long time. And now it is happening! Yippie!
How you create your art?
For me it is so that I am going on feeling, desire, flow and inspiration, impulse and joy most. I like to do something out of this material I have, even if it is not thought through or perfect.
Life, incompleteness and my own humanity is my art. To dare not to polish and correct, instead form something sensitive out of NOW. Without make-up. This is what I love! To embrace everything!
To publish your project on Kickstarter – tell me about different thoughts and feelings which came up by doing it?
To throw myself out, stick out my nose and be visible through asking help to finance the album has been HAIR-RAISING, BREATH-TAKING, GRAZY, AS TO DRIVE THE MOST SCARIEST MOUNTAIN ROAD and it has been also DEEPLY JOY-GIVING IN THE ROOTS OF MY HEART. Do I think I am somebody? Who am I to take right to do someting like that? Maybe it is not at all good! Maybe no-one will like the product… But it is not the product but WAY what is in my focus.
I challenge myself to stay against the temptation to bury me in performance anxiety. This is what I will get!
What is the worst what can happen?
Dark doubting thoughts are coming, also shame feeling. To make myself ridiculous. Can I let go the thought that I can fail? Is it possible to make a digital product out of something what works in live, here and now, in a meeting with the listener… Maybe it will be just flat? Or will it be something completely else? An artistic masterpiece? But I am not technically capable to do that… ohmygooood!!!
What is the best what can happen?
If I can do it so can you! I am fallible human and I want to enjoy my life anyway. I dare so that you will dare.
What is your secret dream about this project?
I dream that the part of Fru Konstnär´s personal radiance will shine out through the recording.
To dream costs nothing. Wish me good luck!!
Good luck, Malin and Fru Konstnär!
You can be part of her journey to support her on Kickstarter!
Asked, photographed, translated: Maarja Urb
Answered: Malin Haraldsson (Fru Konstnär)