Soso Erlenkamp, born in 1972, has always been interested in puppets and figure based art and built her first puppet – a dragon string puppet – with her mother at age 6 and since then has had a soft spot for puppets, art dolls and magical beings. As a teenager she planned to go to art school. At the age of 18 an accident damaged her right hand and the doctors gave it a very bad prognosis. Soso then decided to follow her other passion: language. She studied general and comparative linguistics in Germany, took a doctoral degree in 1999 and eventually became a tenured professor in 2007 in Norway. However, the longing for art and being creative always stayed with her and in 2005 an occupational therapists specialising in hands managed to get it functioning and pain free again. However, it still took several years before Soso made the jump from her academic career into art.
In 2011 Soso experienced some losses and at some point she found herself sculpting her first proper art doll, and has not stopped since. In 2012 she was fortunate to get one of five spaces at a Masterclass with renowned artist Wendy Froud, an experience which gave her the courage to turn sculpting from a hobby into a living.
Soso draws her main inspiration from European fairytales, in particular fairytales of the brothers Grimm, H.C. Andersen and Norwegian folklore. She is also interested in Celtic and Greek mythology and believes that legend and fairytale art can be a bridge between different cultures, generations and individuals.