Synnöve Seidman - Artist

I make meaning for myself by creating images from feelings of wonder, joy and pain and turning them into paintings or objects I find beautiful.

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I come from a long line of artists, poets, skinny dippers, bonfire makers,  horse thieves and bootleggers. I am intense and not great at small talk. I was an artsy kid who went to a fine arts high school, studied art history and philosophy at university and stopped making art.  

That’s a whole other story. My mentor told me that I would never be an artist. At my tender age, I believed her. What I understand now is that she meant I would never be a male artist. She was from a different generation and only considered the Greats to be men. She was correct, I was to be a mother and a wife and would not live out the archetype of an Artist in her eyes. So, I didn’t make even a doodle for over a decade. I had little children and the pure fun of making colourful messes with them stirred my spirit. It took a few years to take the plunge into full blown art-making. I have been painting and selling work for over a decade now.  

In my opinion, 'a creative' is...

In my opinion we are all creative. We all can make art, poetry, sculpture, take pictures, write stories, curate work, host artful parties, cook food, solve problems and approach our lives in a way that is creative and honours beauty.  


A piece of advice that changed my life...

Two bits of advice that go together and changed my life are: Quit anticipating evils in the future and notice what I give my attention to. What I pay attention to is what makes up my life. Giving attention to petty grievances or helpless negativity is an energy sucker and paralyzes my creativity. Staying focused on finding beauty every day guides me and alleviates my anxiety. The more I look for the good in the world the more I find it.  

When I need to feel inspired...

...I go for a walk, get into nature and become quietly attentive to all my senses.

The importance of community...

Community and belonging are important. When we moved from Toronto in 2015 to Kelowna, B.C. I missed my community and felt lost. My sense of identity was shook. Much of how I saw myself had to do with place and community. I had to figure out who I was and where to  find community and maintain friendships. The truth is that hardship was good for my art-making. 

Something I've never understood...

I have never understood math! But seriously, how we take things we treasure for granted. Like our habitat, this little blue marble spinning in the gigantic universe that we treat like a dump. How we treat each other poorly. I guess I don’t understand why we lack perspective on how connected we are and how we need each other.  

"I come from a long line of artists, poets, skinny dippers, bonfire makers, horse thieves and bootleggers."

The biggest risk I have ever taken...

...was moving my family of 5 across the continent for 5 and half years and then moving back to a new city, Montreal where I don’t speak French fluently.  

In another life I would have been...

...a florist or a pastry chef.

My dream creative collaboration...

...I have a couple of projects: one with a brand I have always loved and another with a boutique hotel. A dream would be to collaborate with a designer. 

I find joy...

... in small things, like a ray of light illuminating a petal, and sharing a meal with the people I love.

"What I pay attention to is what makes up my life...the more I look for the good in the world the more I find it."

Who is inspiring you
right now?

Leila Fanner
@leilafanner.art

Leila Fanner is a South African based painter. Her floral and figurative work is powerful and gorgeous.

Leila Fanner is a South African based painter. Her floral and figurative work is powerful and gorgeous.

Jason Logan
@torontoinkcompany

Jason Logan author of Make Ink, and founder of Toronto Ink Company. His book has been a huge inspiration and I have started making my own ink. It stirs excitement in me like I haven’t felt since I was a kid making potions in the garden.

Jason Logan author of Make Ink, and founder of Toronto Ink Company. His book has been a huge inspiration and I have started making my own ink. It stirs excitement in me like I haven’t felt since I was a kid making potions in the garden.

Andrea Gibson
@andreagibson

Andrea Gibson is a spoken word poet whose words crack me open. They write beautifully about the human condition with vulnerability. They are also an activist addressing gender norms and social politics. This is meaningful to me as a mother of a Trans woman.

Andrea Gibson is a spoken word poet whose words crack me open. They write beautifully about the human condition with vulnerability. They are also an activist addressing gender norms and social politics. This is meaningful to me as a mother of a Trans woman.

Sophia Roe
@sophia_roe

Sophia Roe is a James Beard Award-winning chef. Her food looks beautiful, like art you can eat, and delicious. Her story is inspiring. Her authenticity and inclusivity are values that align with mine.

Sophia Roe is a James Beard Award-winning chef. Her food looks beautiful, like art you can eat, and delicious. Her story is inspiring. Her authenticity and inclusivity are values that align with mine.

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