Statement by Johanne Sigvardsen, Copenhagen 2012
I'm curios within the sensitive- aesthetic, and the tactility of surfaces. I see my practice between concept and alchemy.
I research, experiment, and speaks in different media. Drawing/the graphic is my main tool, together with photography.
- I am interested in surfaces: A kind of opaque or/and transparent membrane, where memory and stories reflects, go trough, or is fixed. From the screen, to the walls, and the skin of our bodies.
- I'm interested in repetitions that points on the body's presence in space.
- I'm interested in the small gesture and history, in/as the big - that is, everyday life, where the collective and the personal memory and mythology come to expression.
I encounter something that changes something. Wonder. And then I make a reconstruction of the meeting. Then a new meeting.
It is important for me, that my works include the spatial, where a room can be made for new meaning, so by using different media, there will become a potential space.
To draw is an act of will. I find that drawing is, among other aspects, an analytic mimesis in time and space. I find that drawing is voices among a polyphony of voices. It include other interpretations. Through drawing it is possible to combine semiotics to tell another story.
Photography, because it talks about time. Moment. I can use it as a document, but in a way, where it does not hide its own construction. And I use it as a way to correspond layers, but where the layer will still exist.
I often work with pre-existing texts or images, transferring them, with the intention to reflect about the language to form meaning, the limitation and loss of meaning in the language. Between the collectively and the individuality. I strive that my works have its own usages in meetings, in reflection on concepts of reality.
Where the sensitive, the in-between and stillness also have a strong usage.
Artist Bio / CV
Johanne Dybdal Sigvardsen
1981 Denmark, work and live in Copeenhagen
2006-2012: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
2010-2012: Graphic Department w/Thomas Locher, guest professor: Armando Andrade Tudela
2010: Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst, Visual Arts, Gent, Belgium
2008-2009: Media Art w/ Ann Lislegaard, guest professor: Aernout Mik
2006-2008: Foundation w/ Lars Bent Petersen, Pia Rönicke, Milena Bonifacini.
2005-2006: Art history at The University of Copenhagen
2005: Kunsthøjskolen på Ærø (artschool)/ spring semester
2003-2004: Sociology at The University of Copenhagen
2003: The School of Technic, Julius Thomsens gade/ Flex modules, Painting, and graphic design
2001: Krabbesholm højskole (artschool)/ Autumn semester
2001: High School
1999: The Art school of Aalborg/ Foundation
Short course at The Animation school in Viborg
2013: The 10.Th Thisted Biennial, Thisted, Denmark
2012: Exit, Galleri Kirk, Aalborg, Denmark
2012: Printed Matter, Denmark, Portugal
2011: The day I met Heracleum Mantegazzianum. Notes and reflections, Udstillingsstedet Q, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012: Kunstakademiets Venner 2012, Denmark
2011: The 9.Th Thisted Biennial, Thisted, Denmark
2011: Axis, Weiissraum, Kyoto, Japan
2010: Maps and Legends, Danske Grafikeres Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010: Group Exhibition, Croxhapox, Gent, Belgium
2009: Exhibition, Anders Bülow, Camilla Reyman and Johanne Sigvardsen, Galleri Jakobsen, Lønstrup, Denmark
2008: Magic Garden w/ Camilla Reyman, Permanent installation in FOKUS, Nr. Sundby, Denmark
2010: Æsel by Kristina Stoltz, visAvis No. 4, Voices on Aslum & Migration
2009: [≈] a fanzine about art #1, Ladies Issue
2008: Banana Split nr.27 -2008