‘Wood Mouse in Your Heart’ by Katrin Berge
Artist: Katrin Berge
Title: ‘Wood Mouse in Your Heart’
Medium: Graphite on 250gsm natural colour tone Stonehenge paper
Dimensions: 6″ x 6″
Year of Creation: 2023
About the Artwork:
“These drawings are a natural extension of my ongoing body of work and theme in my artwork. I love animals and nature and I am especially charmed by small birds and mice as they bring me so much joy in an otherwise uncertain and crazy world. As a child I grew up with nature surrounding me and with a rich birdlife outside. Once, at about 6 years of age, I found a dead songbird that I hid from my parents for a while so I could study the details of this tiny and almost otherworldly marvel. I also grew up in a home which had visits of wood mice in the attic from time to time, and when I was about 8 years old I got to see one up close when my mother opened the kitchen cabinet above the stove where it had crawled down through the tube of the stove fan and was munching on something. It was the sweetest thing I had ever seen and I’ve had a soft spot for these animals ever since. I never get tired of drawing them.” – Katrin Berge
About the Artist:
Katrin Berge is a Norwegian artist and illustrator living in Bergen where she loves to explore the forest and nature surroundings for inspiration and recreation. As a child she lived by the forest and sea and grew up observing nature in all of its forms everyday, and the fascination for all kinds of animals, insects and creatures of the wild has not ceased to increase. Katrin works with graphite to create images with a high level of detail, mixing together fauna and animals and sometimes leans towards the surreal and dark.
Katrin has a masters degree in Visual communication (illustration) from the Faculty of Fine art and Design in Bergen (2004 – 2010) and is working as a fine artist and illustrator. She had her second solo exhibition in January 2023 in Bergen with the renowned gallery Kunstgarasjen. Nowadays she is working with several group exhibitions and an exciting picture book project about a wood mouse and a squirrel in the forest.