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Artworks caught up with this year’s winner of the Fredrik Roos Scholarship, Karl Patric Näsman. The Konstfack-graduate who is currently doing an artist in residency in Japan and also having a solo show at Young Arts new concept space in Stockholm.

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Where are you now and why?  

Right now in Kofu city 1,5 hours from Tokyo, I'm currently doing a two months artist in residency.  

What are you wearing?  

Lacoste tracksuit pants, Ralph Lauren polo shirt and a Stone Island hoodie- feeling sporty and casual today.  

Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?  

I guess it was when I was 20 something and was deciding between going safe within the creative business or taking the risk to become an artist. Luckily I chose the riskier path.   

Can you tell us about the process of making your work?  

I often work project based and have an intense period of researching and collecting different fragments. It can be either reading endless amount of stuff or travel to a remote part with a naive curiosity to search for the unknown. When I have enough inspiration I lock my self in the studio and try out different mediums that will communicate what my current project is about.   

What’s your necessary extravagance?  

Well since being an artist isn't that glamorous I try to compensate by wearing gold jewellery, guess I want to shine a bit after all.   

What’s your favorite art-related blog or app?  

I just look what pops up on my instagram feed to keep me updated, otherwise I'm checking Contemporary Art Daily from time to time.   

Have you ever had a moment when you questioned your career entirely?  

As many other artists I have a switch in my head between "absolutely genius" and a "complete miserably" that goes on and off. I believe you just have to be humble enough and work hard to keep yourself steady on the path.   

What is your daily routine when working?  

I get up late, eat an omelette and bike my way to the studio. Sometimes I just sit for hours doing practically nothing, other times I get busy from the start. I normally stay 8-12 hours in the studio with the prime time during late in the evening. Did I mention I am single?  

Which artist of the past would you most like to meet?  

One of my favourite artists in my early years was Mark Rothko. It would be interesting to step in to his Lower East Side studio in the 50's watching him struggle with the sublime. I guess he would be a bit of a wise guy in person and pretty obnoxious too.  

 Where are you off to next? 

I'm soon off to Tokyo for a shorter period with a brief stop in Seoul. It will probably be some intense weeks with a lot of art and a diet consisting of Sashimi and Korean BBQ to keep me running.