Stille Skygger is a multiple award-winning professional Artist and an Art Director with extensive experience in the contemporary art industry. She has been working with a variety of art galleries and art companies since 2015. She also is a renowned artist and her works have been exhibited in various galleries and published in Art Books, Art Magazines and Zines. Her collections can be viewed in virtual galleries in Ireland, France and Japan. She also has a background in sterling silver jewelry and photography.
She started all of what she’s doing from scratch. Since she is a painter herself, she has been struggling for a long time for being in a not so advantageous environment/country. Now she is running an ever-growing brand Marvelous Art Gallery, supporting the Artists to provide more recognition by offering different opportunities to them ranging from digital exhibitions to publishing their works in printed medias. She is now working on new projects to support Artists to give them a platform that they can join a bigger network as well as a place where they can sell their artworks globally without restrictions.
What was the most important thing you learned at your first job in the Arts?
I can count more than only one thing. But I guess the “most important” thing would be to move forward steadily. Yes, you have a talent, you know what you can achieve, but if you run your business based only on “motivation” or your mood, or if you bring your personal problems into this job, they can destroy all other things. Discipline and stubbornness are the things that will help you the most in the art world (after talent, of course).
You’ve worn many hats in your career, what is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Being able to open an Art Gallery and manage it at the beginning of the pandemic in the world. The timing was tough for the world and much harder for us. But to move this process to the digital platform and I do everything I can do for the artists (like I said, I promised to myself). We are currently working extensively internationally and I am proud of being able to present different art projects to the whole world at the same time.
Tell us more about why you started the Marvelous Art Gallery?
Until 2020, I took on different roles in many different art projects, art institutions and festivals. But as someone with an artist background, seeing what an artist needs and what more needs to be done for them, but not being able to do it, pushed me into open up a place with my own presumptions. As I mentioned at the beginning, it was the first period of the pandemic and I had opened a physical place. I didn’t want it to be a closed place during the pandemic, so we turn the gallery into a digital one and deliver our projects such as exhibitions, festivals and magazines to all art lovers and artists from the digital world.
What is the best piece of advice you can give about working in the art world?
We are doing something that requires heart and soul. I always define my principle as “artwork” is “heart-work”. So, I think the best advice is to really put your whole heart into it. Art requires dedication. You put your time aside, your relationships, your social life and sometimes your own personal needs to do this job. Because this job requires a lot of sacrifices. You must be prepared for this.
What do you think defines a good employee? And what defines a good supervisor?
A good employee should first be able to bring business-oriented, thoughtful and be able to bring new rational ideas to table. A good manager should work hard, listen to the ideas of the employees and be open to new ideas.
What are you most excited for this year at your organization or in the art scene as a whole?
Being able to participate in International Festivals is what excites us the most this year. Both for our institution and for the world. One of the most important aspects of festivals for me is to be able to increase one-on-one interaction and we are very happy to have the chance to do this.
How do you think the art world can become more transparent?
After this pandemic, it is a concept that has developed a little better than before. But I still believe there is a long way to go. But at least in the meantime, establishing a clear, meaningful and trusting relationships as much as possible, sharing our experiences, establishing new networks, finding rules and support models is the most useful way to achieve transparency.
What is the best exhibition you have seen recently?
In recent years, I have visited many virtual exhibitions out of necessity. The “Salem Witch Museum” has a great collection of exhibits about the theme of “Salem Witch Trails”.
At the same time as a physical Exhibition, I have visited “The MACBA Collection Exhibition” of the MACBA Museum (in Barcelona) is the best collection that I have seen in recent years. Following a chronological route from 1929 to the present, the exhibition highlights specific focal points that the Collection has developed since its creation.
If you could own work by 5 different artists, who would be in your collection?
Oh, absolutely old Masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Salvador Dalí and also today’s world Mark Ryden.