Sara Gade has made visual artworks since 2007, but was originally educated as an textile designer with focus on pattern formation, tactility and color.
Analog exploration is a part of her creative routine, since her primary tools are colors, paper and liquids. Water is also a recurring element in the way she works, as the energy is out of her control and in her control at the same time and somewhere in between - this is where her artworks develops.
Conversation with Sara Gade
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I am from Copenhagen and I still live here.
When did you become an artist and what was your first project?
I guess becoming an artist is a longlife process, but when I started working with the technique and material, that I still use today, that was a turning point for me.
Did you study art in school, if so where?
I’m educated textile designer and the craft I learned there I use in my painting. The process is very similar. There are things I can control and things I can’t control and the craft is a catalyst between those two conditions.
What inspires you? Any particular artists?
I’m very inspired by all kinds of serendipity's I collect along the way. Regarding other artists i’m very inspired by the postwar american abstract expressionism and 1960-70th minimalism. Lately I found great inspiration in performance art, but it has not yet found a way into my paintings. Also music and the poetry.
What are some of the ideas behind your work?
Because the water is in and out of my control it creates a tension. I use the craft to master that and that works as a catalyst between me and the artwork. I hope that the artwork captures that energy and I hope that the energy transforms into something else in the meeting with another person. That’s why I rarely use titles and that’s why my artwork is abstract.