Q&A With Mie Olise

Q&A with Mie Olise: June 27 from 6 to 7 PM
Bikuben Opening Reception: June 27 from 7 to 9 PM

Salt Lake City, UT – A seemingly fragile and dilapidated structure commands the space in UMOCA’s Main Gallery. Shipsearching (2014) is an echo of Olise’s family history on the Island of Mors interwoven with the fictional history of the place. Recreating this piece in Utah further intertwines the history of the Scandinavian migration that shifted the cultural landscape of the Beehive State in the late 19th century.

Olise’s work, like Shipsearching, explores narratives relating to the architecture of space and desolate structures. Her art captures stories of abandoned places that are manifested through her paintings and structures.

Friday, June 27 at 6 PM, UMOCA’s Curator Rebecca Maksym will host an art talk with Mie Olise. The artist will discuss her work and what has influenced her practice.


About Mie Olise

Mie Olise was born on the Island of Mors, Denmark, in 1974. She received an MA in Architecture from the Aarhus School of Architecture, London in 2001 and an MFA from the Central St. Martins School of Art, London in 2007. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Ystad Museum of Art (2011), Whitstable Biennale (2012), Bloomberg Space (2012), and Liverpool Museum’s Walker Art Center (2008). In addition to completing a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010), Olise has received awards from the Danish Art Council, the Rockwool Foundation, and the Niels Wessel Bagge Art Foundation. She is represented by Barbra Davis, Los Angeles and DUVEBerlin.

Most recently, her work appears as a part of Bikuben, a group show at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art that explores the intersections of Danish and Utah histories.