Mie Olise is a young Danish artist gaining international attention for her large-scale paintings, sculptures and photographs. Her work evolves around the existential struggle between man and nature, moving from the historical to visions of a ruinous future, with desolated landscapes and crumbling architecture.
Niels Bohr’s Institute is from her solo exhibition ‘Afflicted Fallout’, which featured work relating to the period of the scientific development of the atomic bomb. Olise investigates the historic meeting of 1941 between top physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen, which led to ‘The Copenhagen Fall Out’. Her interest lies in the architectural spaces where these events occurred and how they might show the tragic impact of those events. Like a time warp in a science fiction thriller, Olise shows this Danish scientific landmark in ruins. The perspective of looking up to the building heightens the tension and underscores the largess of nature.
Mie Olise was born in 1974 in Denmark. She studied at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in NY (2009-10)
received her MA in Fine Art at Byam Shaw at Central St Martins College of Art, University of Arts London (2007); and an MA in Architecture from The Bartlett, University College of London (2001). Her work has been the subject of recent exhibitions at the Skive New Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark and gallery shows at Duve Berlin, Germany and Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston. Her work has also been included in numerous group shows, biennials and art fairs internationally. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Image courtesy of the artist and DUVE, Berlin