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Emma W


“The Poet”

Emma, with her sharp intellect, magnetic persona and stunning “Bergmanesque” beauty, is our second portrait.

A writer and art critic by profession and an outstanding  poet, Emma navigates between these multiple disciplines, where the interaction of one gives force to the other, with rare strength and imagination!
As art critic, she has an uncommon antenna for language and landscape, where questions and thoughts embark on an intellectual and emotional journey that reaches an unexpected level of prose.
Emma’s mantra, that she learned from her acting teacher in Los Angeles where she spent 6 years, is :
“Learn to take risks and keep the skin thin, let the outside inform the inside and vice versa”.

Emma is currently working towards a novel and a collection of poetry and divides her time between her beautiful apartment in Stockholm, the north in winter and at her house in the archipelago in spring.
Every Friday she demonstrates with #artistsforfuture, an artist community demonstrating  for more climate and environmental protection and meeting the goals of the Parisian agreement.

After spending many years in Paris during the 1990s, modelling for well known couture houses and fashion magazines, she is always longing back. As she says : “Paris is a state of mind”.


What is your most outstanding character trait ?

My patience

What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

A sense of belonging

What is the most extravagant thing you have ever done ?

Writing poetry

What do you consider is your greatest achievements ?

My daughter, whatever small part I played in her being

Which talent would you most like to have ?

Cross-country skiing

Which living person do you most admire ?

Greta Thunberg

Who are your favorite writers ?

Jamaica Kincaid, Maggie Nelson, Jacques Roubaud, Paul Celan*

In which imaginary country would you like to live ?

The great state of multitudes

What do you regret the most ?

Most of the worrying, and perhaps the regrets themselves

Which flower would you like to be ?


Which bird would you like to be ?


Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction ?

Probably some antihero like Holden Caulfield, in The catcher in the rye. But if I need to feel courage I read poetry, Friederike Mayröcker for example

Who are your favorite artists ?

Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Torsten Andersson.**

What is your greatest fear ?

Climate changes and our inability to adapt to the changes and take action

What is your most treasured possession ?

My home

What is your favorite occupation ?


What would you change about yourself if you could ?

I would make some of my fears go away, but not the ones that compel me to change for the better

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be ?

Emily Dickinson or an ocean (if an ocean is a thing ?)

What is your current state of mind ?

Hopeful but worried

What is your favourite motto ?

‘ I’ve been to hell and back and let me tell you it was beautiful ‘ (Louise Bourgeois)

*changes on a weekly basis.

**changes constantly.

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