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The idea about the call

Interview by philosopher Henrik Rude Hvid, Philosophical laboratory

For Henrik Saar art is a call  

After a dream, Henrik packed his stuff and told the girlfriend that he had to travel. That day, Henrik Saar knew that he was an artist. He had been given a call.

We are in the 44-year-old artist Henrik Saars studio in Fredericia city center on a Wednesday night in April. He tells how the call changed his life. The last rays of the evening sun fall into the many beautiful paintings and through the patio door, which is squeezed, you hear the birds singing outside.

 

Got cerebral haemorrhage as a 14 year old and epilepsy the following year

For the artist and man Henrik Saar, the road of life has not been without bumps. Already as a 14-year-old Henrik had a brain haemorrhage. He had over-stretched himself for a ten-kilometer run. Something happened during the race, and he was already crying at five kilometers, but still did the race. He then went out to surf without thinking about the episode. One week later, he had a cerebral haemorrhage and lay in a coma for ten days in the hospital. When he woke up again, he couldn't recognize himself.

"I was in a coma as a child, and I woke up as a man with pubic hair, and had grown ten centimeters in height," says Henrik Saar sarcastically.

The world went under. Fortunately, he was lying next to an elite soldier who taught him to go again. Two weeks later, Henrik again took 100 push ups. One year after, Henrik got epilepsy, and the disease has followed him ever since with one epileptic seizure each year.

The call comes in a dream

Henrik Saar, when he was at the beginning of the twenties, studied to become a teacher at Tønder Teacher-seminar in 1989, when in a dream he was called to become a visual artist. He had previously received a set of oil paint for his 22nd birthday.

Fate wanted Henrik to have a visual teacher who had the same ironic and sarcastic attitude to life that he himself had. He was called Erik Guldager, and Henrik describes him as very skilled, and a charismatic person. Charismatic people have always interested the artist.

"People who are what they do. Or you are what you do or you do what you are! It is a bit connected in the existential thought. He was the type of person where one cacn't imagine that they have ever done anything else. So he lived sometimes in his visual arts room. He had a small camp bed around behind the art room where he could sleep if it was late. The compulsory teaching bored the art teacher evenly. But, there was a collection of pictorialists who came to visit voluntarily after the lessons and drew the croquis, ”says Henrik Saar.

He was one of the picture nerds. The identification that lay in the painting had to change Henrik Saar completely.

"Jeg vågnede en morgen og sagde til den pige, jeg boede med, at det ikke var hende, det var forkert, men jeg, der var den underlige, og at jeg var nødt til at forlade hende nu", smiler Henrik.

He took all his stuff and moved. At the same time, he left the teacher studios.

"From that day on I was an artist," he emphasizes. "Right there: The revelation, called!"

The horse whisperer who could look around corners

If it isn't the artteacher who inspired Henrik to become an artist, then perhaps a horse whisperer who claimed that he could look around corners, Henrik Saar has always met, what he calls 100 percent people.

“There is something about the character that is felt. It can't be explained by words. It is in the aesthetics, ”says Henrik Saar.

The call is something you did in the old days

I ask Henrik Saar if there is room for the idea of the call today?

"I think the conclusion is that it was something you did in the old days," he answers.

Henrik thinks it's a shame. He believes there is much to be gained in the call, and elaborates that one can relate softer to the call to gain insight into the role that is assigned one in this life. It may be a person who, after time and again, has tried something new always ends up being a dustman, because he mastered exactly this to the better. He thus finds his role in the play. The more people who find their role in the play, the better the play is.

The hardest part is landing

For Henrik Saar, the call has been necessary to find himself. It has been a healing process to unite with the painting, but also hard work. You'll recognize the existential journey and inspiration from Søren Kierkegaard in his paintings. The teenage series, from the period in which he chose to become an artist, contains figurative descriptions of the doubts that, with Kierkegaard's words, are associated with jumping into the 70,000 fathoms - and which is the driving force in Henry's life. Only after 23 years as an artist does he know where he wants to be. He has next year signed a contract with the New Art Center in Manhattan, New York, and writes a book about the call, based on his own experiences. "There is nothing that is as easy as flying. The hardest part is landing, ”says Henrik, looking out at the garden and rolling a cigarette.