Mie Olise Kjærgaard
January 21 – February 3 2022
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
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.