In my work I use discarded materials and objects to materially think through and reflect on my experience of the world around me and the legacy that current generations are leaving on the planet. For my sculptures and installations, I collect broken, dirty or half decayed objects I find in my urban surroundings, along the roadside or at recycling facilities. I am interested in these as remnants of today’s consumer oriented society and as carriers of meaning. I’m also interested in the concept of liminality in relation to these materials, and how objects which are dirty or decaying can be unsettling or uncanny because they linger in between the recognisable and the unknown, between the dirty and the clean, between having had a function and being useless, or between the living and the non-living. In my exhibitions I often imagine a post-human world, where the remnants are witnesses of a time that has passed, sometimes even taking on a new life.
Sara Bjarland (b.1981,Helsinki) is a Finnish artist living and working mainly in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 2007 and in 2012-2013 she participated in the studio programme at Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent. Residencies include the European Ceramic Work Center in Oisterwijk, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin and Kunsthuis SYB in Beetsterzwaag. Recent exhibitions include Latent Memories with Bas van den Hurk at Hopstreet Deurle (2021), Constant Eruptions at Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels (2020); Awake, arise, animate, vegetate at Muu Galleria, Helsinki (2020) and Crumple, fail, faint, fall at Galleri Sinne, Helsinki (2020). In 2020 she received the William Thuring award from the Finnish Arts Association and in 2019 she was one of the five short listed artists for Below Zero Prize for Finnish artists (initiated by the Finnish Institute in London). Her work has been acquired by The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and several private collections in Belgium, Finland and The Netherlands. Her first publication, Groundwork, was published in 2019 by Art Paper Editions.
Sara Bjarland is generously supported by Svenska Kulturfonden 2020-2022.