Linda Aslaksen

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Linda Aslaksen and her Buffy Sainte-Marie artwork at the 2019 Riddu Riđđu Festival

Linda Charlotte Aslaksen, also known as Zina, (born 1986)[1] is a Sámi artist and educator from Porsgrunn in the south of Norway. After spending several years in Shoreditch, London, where she gained fame as a street artist, in 2018 she returned to Norway to teach at the art school in Karasjok.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Born in Porsgrunn in the south of Norway, Linda Charlotte Aslaksen is the daughter of parents from Karasjok in the far north.[2][4] She is a graduate in illustration and graphic design from University College Falmouth.[5][6] From 2010, Aslaksen spent several years in London where, thanks to friends who demonstrated the technique, she became a street artist based in Shoreditch.[7] Recognition was triggered by a painting of a muscle man for a training centre in February 2014. It was to be the first of many more, allowing her to make a living as a full-time artist. Her predominately blue works often depict women and children. She became even more successful after receiving a contract from Beefeater Gin.[8] Huffington Post referred to her as one of the world's 25 most notable female street artists.[9]

In August 2016, after nine years in London, she moved back to Norway, settling in Alta, Finnmark. There she caused something of a commotion after painting the walls of the young people's school. Later she attracted attention from far and wide in nearby Sørvær by creating a portrait of a traditional fisherman wearing earphones headed "Sørøy Rocken" on the wall of a fish factory. "There's no doubt who should be this year's artist at the Sørøyrocken Festival," commented its cultural expert Ken Arne Brox.[4][10]

In 2018, Aslaksen was given an appointment as a teacher at the art school in Karasjok, not far from Alta where she lives.[2] She also collaborates with Alta's Sisa Cultural Centre, participating in workshops in the local schools.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Linda Charlotte Aslaksen" (in Norwegian). Zupa. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Larsen, Dan Robert (6 May 2018). "Nå blir den kjente gatekunstneren lærer" (in Norwegian). NRK Sápmi. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  3. ^ "London streets are stained in blue". WordPress.com. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b Østvik, Helle (12 July 2017). "Sist gang skapte hun debatt i Alta – nå er det fiskebrukets tur" (in Norwegian). iFinnmark. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Linda Aslaksen". issuu. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Linda Aslaksen Illustration BA (Hons)". Arts Thread. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Female Street Artists". WordPress: For the Love of Art. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  8. ^ Nevervik, Christine (11 January 2015). "Linda Aslaksen: Lever av spraybokse" (in Norwegian). TA. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Samiske Zina har kunst i Londons gater" (in Norwegian). NRK Sápmi. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Streetart: Notert: Rock i sydvest" (in Norwegian). Splitcity Magazine. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  11. ^ "April 2018, Finnmark - Vadsø, Alta og Honningsvåg" (in Norwegian). Peacepainting. Retrieved 11 August 2019.

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