Mie Olise Kjærgaard

January 21 –  February 3  2022

Your name

Mie Olise Kjærgaard

 

Your current location

West Village, NYC. (Normally Copenhagen).

 

Your favorite pastime

Biking in the sun-wind in the hair, no hands.

 

Something you like

Bonfire, playing Tennis, sunrise.

 

Something you dislike

Cold and humid.

 

Your defining characteristic

Lazy, messy and forgetful; very focused on few things.

 

What would someone close to you say your defining characteristic is

Proactive. That I am supporting their crazy ideas. In on it.

 

Your favorite artist

There are many: Rose Wylie, Phyllida Barlow, Katherine Bradford, Guerrilla Girls, Judy Chicago, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Marisol Escobar, Agnes Martin - I could keep going.​​

 

Favorite word or phrase

Tomorrow is a new day.

 

What aspect of your work is most important to you

To hunt the freedom of the hand. To investigate the painterly aspects: strokes, layers, borders, surfaces, flatness, the line.

 

Who do you admire the most and why

My playful kid. My mum.

 

Your worst habit

Postponing. Forgetting.

 

The first thing you think of in the morning

coffee, getting my kid to school.

 

What have you always wanted to do and have not done

I´d love to live in a warm place and paint outdoors in presence of good friends/family.

 

Your best decision

Having my kid.

 

Your worst decision

Insisting to kick too hard and too long on closed doors.

 

Your favorite street

The street we met and played on as kids. Lots of chalk drawing.

 

What made you become the person you are

Growing up on an island, at a police station and at a sawmill and sailing all summers along the Swedish/Norwegian cliff-shaped coastline, until I turned 13. Starting over in a new city 6 times, traveling alone, becoming a mother.

 

Something that you treasure

Kindness. Trials and error, Friends and family.

 

What would the child you once were think of the adult you have become

The child on the island would be totally surprised, and have difficulties to understand the world I am in now.I have gone a long curved way, and am very far from home.

 

Your greatest fear

All things that move fast, especially frogs. Climate change, and the consequences thereof.

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