Tjåsa Gusfors and Ulrika Tallving are the artist duo behind the Luxury Suite Absinthe Minded in the twentythird year's rendition of ICEHOTEL. Both are familiar faces in the ICEHOTEL art family. Tjåsa designed for ICEHOTEL for the first time in the year 2000 and Ulrika first came here in 2008.
We had a quick word with Tjåsa about their thoughts and ideas regarding the design of Absinthe Minded:
What is the message, what do you want to convey with this piece?
We want to give the guest something extraordinaryin this Luxury Suite. First class design and craftsmanship will take us beyond the ordinary day and in to a world of dreams. Beautiful figurative ice sculptures from the fables and a unique but flourish furniture completely made in frosty ice. This is a room that breathes interactivity, that captivate and enchants guests immerse themselves in a playful and otherwordly environment.
How do you see yourself as an artist and an individual?
I am an artist and perform on stage with music, theatre and art. In my world all forms of art belong together. They blend and you find a rhythm – an interaction and composition that I find irresistible.
What are your main motivations as an artist?
My creativity is often sparkedby injustice in the interaction between human and nature. And, I think, typical for my art is that I use a playful element to mesh the severity and the deeper message to attract engagement from my audience.
Absinthe Minded described by Tjåsa and Ulrika:
Absinthe-Minded takes us behind the scenes to a world of luxury and dreams. A sensual world shrouded in seductive perfume.
We want to give our guests a playful, mystical interior without sharp angles but spiced with poetry and a mix of fairytale.
Time travels backwards as you enter this suite. You can almost hear the distant melody of an old music box that is out of tune.
Tjåsa Gusfors has sculpted and worked in, on and around ICEHOTEL since the year 2000. In addition to fronting the band Anna Bandit, Tjåsa co-founded the Papagena Music and Theatre Group in 1991.
Ulrika Tallving holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economy from Stockholm University, and has also studied sculpting and graphic design. Ulrika has sculpted and attended symposiums in Italy, working with both marble and alabaster.