Sara Möller | Between the Shell

13 January - 19 February 2022
Overview

"Soft mass that has hardened, a shell, a surface of what was once so softly malleable. Vibration in silence or paused rhythm. Made up and dressed to be able to take on the world with that sloppy on the inside that won’t stop pulsating. Hoping to be seen even though the shell is closed."

– Sara Möller, December 2021

Sara Möller's sculptural works often aim to provoke and challenge the boundaries within the ceramic field. Her artistic expression is characterized by a volatility – the organic sculptures twist and turn as if trying to avoid the stiff, unnatural pose. 

 

A particular state of emergency has influenced the majority of Möller's sculptural works shown in the exhibition. A one-year residency in Berlin came to be something other than expected due to a hard lockdown in Germany. Without access to a firing kiln, it became necessary for her to leave her ceramic work for a while, and instead explore other materials. Sara found a great freedom in working with papier mâché – a material which in its plastic form is not completely different from clay, but which nevertheless possesses other qualities.

 

The solidified papier mâché is mirrored by the solidified poses of the sculptures. Matter and form seem to disclose something about the creative process, and the finished works could therefore be viewed as outgrowths or stills from a rhythmic play. Covered by a certain calmness, the sculptures reflect Sara Möller's stay in her temporary studio during these peculiar circumstances. Previous incentives seem to have prevailed even more freely and undisturbed. The most obvious of them being the reluctance to be defined and the urge to continue the search for the imponderable. The soft, shapeless insides between the hard walls of an oyster's shell.

 

Sara Möller holds a Master's Degree in ceramic art from HDK University of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg and was awarded the prestigious Becker's Art Award in 2013. She has been shown in a large number of Swedish and international contexts and is represented by the Public Art Agency of Sweden, the City of Stockholm, Västra Götalandsregionen, and Höganäs Museum, amongst others. Her current exhibition is the second one to be produced together with Berg Gallery, after the critically acclaimed "About Longing" in 2020.

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