17. June - 15. August 2021
We are people of the sea, the sea is our way
We live with, off and on the sea
We know that the sea gives and takes,
isolates and connects
The sea is in our past and in our future
The sea is here and now
An exhibition in metal grounded in the sea, as well as in the ship vessels and blood creatures whose lives have been shaped by the water’s temperament, generosity and thefts.
With the poem ”We are the people of the sea, the sea is our way” by Hanna Hagmark as a starting point, the exhibition depicts the lives which have in different ways been formed by open water. Fear, longing, freedom, sadness, work, farewells and reunions. This is created by an island-perspective where an entire community’s life force stems from the sea and shipping.
Ulrika and Olivia were born and raised on Åland, where the sea is never more than a stone’s throw away. Both work in metal, but with different expressions, methods and backgrounds. With the use of hammers and anvils, welders and crucibles, they now create an exhibition together letting the iron and bronze do the talking.
Olivia Dansdotter Sarling
Artist blacksmith educated at Järnakademien (the Iron Academy) in Västernorrland, with a journeyman letter issued by the Crafts Guild of Sweden.
I was born and raised on the Åland Islands with the sea and the lakes within running distance from the lawn of my childhood home. I find much inspiration from these waters. I am also inspired by the natural qualities of iron as a material, and like work with combining different surfaces and expressions; roughcut and raw in interplay with delicate details.
From my forge modern art pieces are born, made with traditional methods which have left behind traces of fire, hammer, anvil and human hand. These impressions complete the story the art piece has started.
Sculptor, medal maker and scenic artist born and based on the Åland Islands. I have a Fine Art degree from Dundee, Scotland, where I’m also artistically active. My work is included in the collections of Mariehamns stad, the American Numismatic Society in New York and the British museum in London, as well as in private collections.
I want to create art which includes the viewer in a playful and tactile way; by interacting with sculptures or holding an art medal in your hand, reading its story under your fingertips. I work predominantly in metal; steel and bronze.