Sarah Michelle Riisager


Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you are defining your work? Or in other words, if you needed to explain what you do to someone “outside” the art world, what is the essence it comes down to in your oeuvre and why?

I work in a borderland between reality and the virtual world. This parallel reality is something I’m attracted to but also repelled by. I see myself as a visual artist who works with a cross-disciplinary approach that intertwines photography, video and installation.

My practice explores transformation which is often characterized by sadness, love and nostalgia.

I work with a mixture of the beauty and the absurd reality you find in the life of disquieting feelings. I think we all sometimes need to look at the world in a different way. Turning the world upside down. Shake it a bit to one big tangled indefinable thing, and then assemble the pieces in a new way.

This is how I hope people will look at my work, regardless of gender, background or age.

How do you personally define “wellness”, but also in terms of the collective?

Wellness is being defined as the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal. It is about doing something good for oneself. Wellness is thus becoming an ordinary and integral part of modern life – and perhaps even a necessity in a time where the pace is top notch both at work and in private, and where we are always within reach either on mobile, email or the messenger: We simply need the respite.

For me, wellness is about creating a balance between body and mind, which also can be done through art and exhibitions.

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Sarah Michelle Riisager

If we talk about today’s artists creating and contributing healing spaces and works that can transform society and restricted mind sets…how can they reach the collective that is not aware of being a collective?

Art is for everyone. And it should be for everyone. Cause there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to art. One can learn from art. It can help to inspire us in our everyday life. Art can teach us to make the invisible visible. Art is also a generous profession. Everyone has the opportunity to invite, express themselves and create something. Either in the solitude of the studio or in community with others.

Cultural life is spacious, so there is always a need for more hands, more brains and more hearts.

Can you share how spending time and exhibiting on site on the island of Lesvos influenced you? (Mentally, physically, emotions, sensations.)?

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to visit Lesvos.

Which work or approach of your fellow artists in this exhibition inspired you especially and why?

Unfortunately I haven’t visited the exhibition.

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“RADIUM PALACE” Finissage: March 6, 2022 in Agia Paraskevi, Lesvos
K-Gold Temporary Gallery in co-organisation with the North Aegean Region curated by Nicolas Vamvouklis

K-Gold Temporary Gallery: RADIUM PALACE