1975, Bas Jan Ader completed an exhibition that was intended to be part one of a three-part project titled In Search of the Miraculous. Part two consisted of setting off on a small boat to traverse the Atlantic alone. Nine months after embarking from Cape Cod, Spanish fishermen found his boat and he was never heard from again. His life was a search for limits and what lies beyond the horizon. Each piece in his short career explored gravity, absurdity, challenge, and failure. Through his disappearance, he has left us searching and he entrusts us to continue his project.
Olises studio in Copenhagen, july 2012
Mie Olise’s work is fundamentally about searching—both literally and metaphorically. Her recent work explores her family history in relationship to the characters from the fictional writings of Danish author Aksel Sandemose (Olise grew up off the Island of Mors on a boat called Espen Arnakke, taken from the name of Sandemose’s main character). Through her paintings of floating vessels and a video where she plays an abandoned ship as a musical instrument, Olise invites the viewer to a specific place and time where fact and fiction overlap, melt, and morph. Through constant retelling, Olise recontextualizes her own story to the point of universal
Adriana Carossa, Nurture Art, 2011.