Christopher Porcarelli - Alumn




"My career path began as a self-prescribed journey"

What did you do directly after you graduated from HDK?

– I started a business in western Sweden working with sculpture, interactive art and metal craft.

What are you doing today?

– I work with private and public commissions as well as projects that are developed by either my own initiative or together with a group.

How did you end up there – how has your career path been like?

– My career path began as a self-prescribed journey that led me to studios and workshops where there were people I wanted to work with and learn from. My initial investigative period lasted for about ten years between the completion of my bachelor degree and the beginning of my Masters degree at HDK Steneby. My path has continued to be guided by my interests and still requires a lot of work to see things through. It has been a busy, difficult and gratifying career.

During your study time, did you have some kind of strategy to influence your future career?

– The main strategy was to dig deep into the theory and outcomes of projects. I worked to soak up as much information each day as I could handle. I really valued the access to resources and interesting people who enriched my knowledge and processes and I still work upon some of the foundations that I created during my study time.

Did you get international experience during the study time/training that has been helpful in your career?

– My experience was very international. Class and housemates were from Asia, North and South America, and around Europe. Cultural and aesthetic influences are continually evident in my drawing, writing and sculpting. I have stayed in contact and in some cases worked on projects with old classmates in various locations around Europe.

Your strongest memory from HDK?

– Some of my strongest memories come from working in our masters studios with classmates from other mediums and backgrounds. Challenging and inspiring conversations were common and have had a positive influence on my attitude and ways of working.

What is the most important lesson from HDK-period? Any special tools/skills?

– My theory teacher treated writing as a craft and really pushed the development of fundamental skills. I am grateful for her support and direction and will continue honing these skills throughout my career.

If you were to give one advice to a prospective HDK-student – what would it be?

– HDK is a great school, and is just a part of a greater University full of interesting people and information that is there to help you learn. The sooner you learn how to work throughout the University the more fruitful you can make your experience.



Christopher Porcarelli

Job title: Principal at Porcarelli Studio

Born: 1977

Comes from: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA

Education at HDK: Master of Fine Arts, MFA

Graduated: 2012

Other education: Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Western Washington University, USA

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