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Sara Bjarland

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Amsterdam, London


The Slade School of Fine Art, 2005, MFA Fine Art Media

death, nature, film, moving image, decay, photography, video-art, mundane installation, animation, insects


My artistic practice is grounded in a fascination with nature; the natural world with its processes, cycles of life and death, animals, plants; nature as opposed to culture. Individual works then stem from a wish to examine and re-imagine this nature through different media. This fascination often takes form in obsessively and closely observing a specific subject or material: my way of looking is close-up, for a prolonged period of time. This approach could perhaps be said to refer to science or scientific methods, but instead of making definitions or accumulating scientific knowledge, I create images and open them up to other possible meanings.

I’m especially intrigued by the process of decay and death, in how ‘dead’ matter can be reanimated, and often use dead insects or organic materials to materialize these ideas. The pre-cinematic concept of animation, as in bringing life to the dead or movement to the still, informs a lot of my practice, manifesting itself in both still and moving works. My works could perhaps be called 're-animations' of nature; on a more philosophical level, I want my work to animate the imagination, to create thoughts about movement.

Behind these interests lies a deeper concern for the vulnerability of nature and the ‘nature deficit disorder', an alienation from nature, which is so symptomatic of the contemporary human; nature is conceived of as something external, as an object or place outside our own realm. Through my artistic practice I hope to question my own position in relation to nature, but also attitudes and representations of nature present in contemporary society.

Recent Exhibits

Sara Bjarland participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2016 The Prophecy of Bees
Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen
Jan, 2015 Neither Thing Nor Nothing
Feb, 2014 ¿Finlandia?
Sala Alcalá 31
Nov, 2012 Secret Postcards - Great Art Small in Size
Jan van Eyck Academie
Nov, 2011 Groupshow
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