following is an interview that took place between September and November
of 2001 with Conny Jonsson . The interview was conducted via email and
the responses have been edited for content.
kiyotei: When and why did you create
kiyotei: Besides digital, do you
create other types of art?
kiyotei: What kind of woodcarvings
do you make? Shoes? crucifixes? chairs?
Conny: Small stuff of various kinds ... the last one I made was a pair of miniature ballet shoes for my niece.
kiyotei: How many artists do you know from your country that have artwork online?
Conny: Many artists are online in Sweden but there are few I know personally. However, I have to mention one of them though, named Channa Bankier, a famous Jewish painter and musician here in Sweden. I just love her artworks and have used one of her self portraits in a picture called ''Madonna'' in my gallery (page 3).
kiyotei: Does Channa have a website?
kiyotei: Have you collaborated in
any online projects?
kiyotei: Well there are several,
for example SITO or any of the mailart networking projects.
Conny: I got the link from a friends friend who sent it to me. I saw there was no Swedish contribution to the project so I sent the picture, which I made it a few days after the tragedy.
kiyotei: How did you create this work and what were you thinking about /feeling when you did this?
Conny: I made it in Photoshop except for the smoke texture which I took from a photo. I really dont know what or if I were thinking at all. It was an impossible scenario - humans dont act like that - and that made me depressed for several days. I had a feeling of frustration and despair and the picture came out from that. I went back when I got your mail and found your name there too [which I obviously missed at first]. Internet is a growing new world in a shrinking old world :) right?
kiyotei: Yes. It is the mother of
all memes. What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
kiyotei: How about supernatural?
Conny: My father is born in the northern
part of Sweden called Flyn in Angermanland [sparsely populated] and
he took the family to this place every summer holidays. One summer
he told us that he want to show us his grandparents home, an old abandoned
log cabin in the middle of nowhere, miles from the civilization. So,
we took the ride and came to the place late in the night. We had to
walk through the woods for a while before we could even see the cabin
and it was completely silent, no sounds at all and calm and foggy.
We all felt a bit creepy because of the silence and my father stopped
about 100 feet from the cabin. There was light in the cabin and a
white cow stood bound with a rope just outside the cabin. We stood
there for several minutes and just watch the scene, whispering and
wondering. Suddenly the cow was gone and the light was off and the
sound was back, in front of our eyes! We all get scared and wanted
to go back to the car but my father went forward to the cabin and
we went slowly after him. There was no footsteps or anything and the
cabin was tumbledown! That was the first time [and only] I saw my
father scared to death. We ran to the car and fled. We talked about
this event many years later and my father told me some other weird
stuff he had experienced. I too have some experiences but that's another
kiyotei: Ah yes! The infamous ghost-cow of Sweden. I've heard that tale before. :-) Tell me something about the town where you live.
Conny: I live in Sodertalje 30 km
south of Stockholm. Sodertalje is a town with almost 78,000 inhabitants
- 80 nationalities are represented in Sodertalje. 40% of the municipalitys
inhabitants have a foreign background. So its multi cultural
and very fun to live in, but there are situations when itll
become tense too, as it did after the September 11, but Sodertalje
is so well-established as an immigrant town that open racism is not
really a problem. There are hundreds of restaurants, cafés
and small shops and also several theatre groups and a rich musical
life [I had to read our tourist information to give you this info,
kiyotei: What can you tell me about
the town that isn't in the travel books. What do you like about your
town? Is there anything unusual or interestingly unique about it?
Well, first of all, I'm an asthmatic so the graphic
tools in my computer is very convenient. Second, All the possibilities
I've to learn from other artists around the world through Internet.
I think that's the big thing with Internet - for me anyway. Painters,
musicians, writers or whatever comes together in a big worldwide community.
I believe the computer art will exist equal to real-painted art in
the future. And I'm looking forward for future developments of tools
like graphic tablets that will give us more control while painting.
kiyotei: Do you have any pets?
Conny: Yea, I've a male cat, Babsan, named after a famous drag-queen here in Sweden. He got that name because we had some difficulties to find out what sex it was. He drinks beer, burping and enjoy to computing just like me!
kiyotei: I wonder if my rabbit Koko
would drink beer? He loves anything crunchy, like crackers and dog
biscuits. What kind of beer do you drink? Kronenburg?
Conny: All sorts but I prefer light and sweet. I like Carlsberg or Tuborg [Danish] :)
kiyotei: Well face the monitor and
I'll virtually toast you. I am drinking Dos Equis. . . Skol! What
interests do you have besides art? What type of work do you do?
Conny: I'm the houseperson here. I' live with my sister, single like me, and we're taking care of our old mother. My sister Elisabeth is the working person who provide us with money and I do the cleaning, baking, and cooking. I really enjoy to bake and cook. Sometimes however I do some computer work for a small company [and others] like signs, plates, logos and that kind of stuff. My biggest interest besides art is my computer. I like to tweak and find out all the "secrets". And I read books, especially fantasies.
kiyotei: Baking and art must go hand
in hand. Ed
Giecek used to be a baker and Ken
Miller is a vegetarian dabbler in the culinary arts. By coincidence,
I too enjoy cooking - but perhaps that is because I enjoy eating so
much. Thanks for taking the time to communicate with us Conny. Keep
on pushing those pixels!
Conny: Thank You Kiyotei. It's a privilege to be a part of Flashlight and i really enjoyed the interview. My very best wishes for you and your inspiring website. Say hello to Koko from me ;) btw, In Swedish "Koko" means "silly" - hehe!
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