Artist Spotlight / Sandra Wallin

Sandra Wallin is one of the artists that have participated in the exhibitions 'Art Still Flourishes' and 'Recurring Memories', and she answers some of our questions about her inspirations, the best part of being an artist, and more.

Sandra Wallin © Sandra Wallin

What’s your background?

I come from a small city in the heart of the Finnish archipelago. I grow up in a culture that highlighted art and culture and we often went to art exhibitions and theater with my family when I was a kid. I watched my mother sew and I went to a handicraft school myself when I was a little older.

Heimomerkki © Sandra Wallin

What does art mean to you?

With art you express something impossible to put down in words.

How did you start making art/Why do you make art?

It happened by accident, really. At the beginning I wanted to study Fashion Design but due to my doubtable French skills, I ended up studying Textile Design in Paris instead. I quickly understood that Textile wasn´t really for me but we had several art classes at school. I quickly discovered that I should start to paint instead, because it gave me good energy and helped me to cope with everyday tasks, emotions and situations silently.

What inspires you? What are your biggest influences?

The Parisian streets and the metro inspire me. My biggest sources of inspiration are Keith Haring, Jean Dubuffet, Banksy and David Hockney. 

What’s the best thing about being an artist?


What is your dream project/collaboration?

My dream is to have my own solo art exhibition at Centre Pompidou in Paris while I´m still alive. 

I want to start a new ism (sandyism) and produce more drawings and paintings than Picasso.

Holding each other strong © Sandra Wallin

How has your practice changed over time?

I have always loved to sing but when I moved to Paris I always needed to check the time to be able to sing in the shower. Therefore it wasn´t fun anymore and I needed to find another way to express myself and my feelings. Painting became a silent way of expressing myself. Firstly, I painted crying flowers with running, wet paint. Slowly my style changed and became more controlled and lines started to appear on my portraits. I painted and drew more and I understood by going to many different exhibitions that there aren´t any rules in art. Keeping that in mind and painting without any rules, my new style (which I named to sandyism) was born.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given? 

When I gratuated from Upper Secondary School my art teacher gave me an envelope. In it there was a key and a card with an image of a fire burning. On the card it said "If you come somewhere where the door is closed, you have the key".

La tristesse du printemps manqué © Sandra Wallin