“I am fortunate to be surrounded by absolutely limitless, inspiring people. The conversation is sort of the motor for all my projects.” Limitless is probably the key word to describe Sara Andreasson, whose versatile body of work shows us that great things can come out of breaking a few expectations every once in a while.
The Swedish artist is a wizard of the multidisciplinary. She exceeds in all trades, most notably furniture design and illustration. When I told her this, she humbly responded, “That’s a really nice compliment, but I’m not sure that it’s a hundred percent true. I simply think that I’m not afraid to explore mediums that I have never tried before and that I also like to combine them in my practice.”
There has always been a persistent pressure on artists to choose a single medium of work, a particular theme, an exclusive method. Perhaps because she is still a student, Andreasson has not yet given in to only one form of artistic expression. This is probably challenging to the artist who is constantly working with something new. In saying that, as a result, her work is undeniably, unrelentingly fresh.
“I love working with furniture mostly because the end result is something that is tangible and that actually can be used. To say that I enjoy working with my hands would sort of be a lie, since I often wish that someone else could do the whole crafting part for me, but at the same time the feeling of accomplishment that arises the exact moment when the furniture piece is finished is way too good to give away.”
‘Cloud Cuckoo Land’ is a recontextualised fluo plastic cabinet which, in the artist’s own words, explores the “…domestic exhibitionism and the not so fashionable workspace." Andreasson says, “right now I’m really fond of glass sculptures from the 1990’s, amateur ceramics, flags and office furniture.” Her attention to detail is easily noticeable in this beautiful piece, which features a spotless laser cut pattern and impeccable copper finishing touches.
‘O.A.S.’ is probably my personal favourite of Andreasson’s works. It is a mobile structure for cultural activities made out of wood, paper and rope. “By parasiting on existing spaces the geographical boundaries within the cultural world can be diminished and new creative meetingpoints get a chance to arise.” O.A.S. is a very simple, aesthetically pleasing and useful contraption. A stool, flag, and board that can be compacted into a light and easily transported item.
With no particular medium, theme, approach or artistic agenda, Andreasson’s future is indeed limitless. Experimentation might just be her main thing. “I'm probably just the experimental type, no matter what I do.”
Words / Ana Gomides