The Varberg Cultural and Leisure Committee has appointed 25-year-old Lucas Morten as this year's cultural fellow with the motivation "for his exploration of the relationship between design, material and function. With his foundation in craftsmanship and interior design, Lucas steps up to a level of art and aims at international arenas with Varberg as bass ".
- We find it exciting with a new genre where interior objects have an artistic twist. The scholarship will be an encouragement for the future, says Lena Språng (C), chair of the cultural and leisure committee.
Lucas Morten works in his parents' interior design studio Studio Pompone in Läjet and has no formal artistic education.
- I have done my own stuff at the store and my parents' garage driveway on Södra nose and there have been many cold evenings and nights. It is my family and girlfriend who have pushed me to apply for the scholarship and start showing what I do, says Lucas, who wants to work in the border between art and desig.
His work has not been shown in Sweden yet, but right now there are pictures of them in galleries in Copenhagen and Berlin. Soon, a digital exhibition opens in New York and there is international interest from elsewhere as well.
- The scholarship is very fun and triggers me to continue. The money means that I can realize more of my ideas, which I have not been able to afford before. In the future, I hope that I will be able to live on the design, Lucas says.
Among the role models are clothing designer Rick Owens, who also designed furniture, and the Belgian Arno Declercq. Lucas has always been interested in aesthetics and likes to visit museums and galleries.
- Yes, but I think it is mossy and embarrassed that one should only be able to interact with the art via the visual. And furniture often ends up in mass production where it is about how functional it is. When I make a vase or a table, it is aesthetic in focus while it can be used in everyday life, Lucas Morten explains.