Mie Mørkeberg paints a psychological and subjective experience of space, and the exterior and interior of it providing the image structure. Here the human is at once absent, whilst implicitly represented by the things belonging to us and surrounding us.
For the entrance hall in the new UN building in Nordhavnen, Copenhagen, she made up a monumental situation based on a site-specific approach and painted it on a 3 x 7 metres large canvas. Here, tied together by gears, threads and handles, columns are build of books and other items, usually having nothing to do with colonnades.
The painting is the first thing one sees entering the building, and the last thing one sees when leaving. Thus, the painting reflects its location in The UN City as a place, where people rush to and from office spaces in a large machine writing history. Here, many handles need to be turned in the complicated task of creating meaningful encounters between different ethnic groups and communities. Hence, the pillars by holding it all together makes the destination visible at the end, which illuminated and brightened, indicates an optimistic view on the future we are heading towards.
In the summer 2015 at Brandts, Mie Mørkeberg conjured dreams and childhood memories in a total installation. Children could mount a moonlit upland covered with grass. Small houses could be visited, where one met a gigantic sleeping and snoring woman, and a living room where muddy sand was on the menu. It was impossible to enter another house, because all sorts of artefacts filled it up.
From big scale installations and commissions to rather intimate scenarios. In the series “Vakuum”, from Mie Mørkeberg’s latest solo show at Galleri Tom Christoffersen, one recognises bedrooms, kitchens and other domestic spaces exaggeratedly and mystically clustered by stuff. Inspired by the Hoarder syndrome, a mental disease making a person collect things and incapable of discarding them, she investigated the safety one can achieve by fencing oneself in all kinds of items. Full to overflowing, the paintings are characterised by fragility in the loss of control over the objects. Looming here is the unsafe and chaotic ambience in the modern life, where pastose strokes are serving to animate the figurative detail into precision – a profound theme and technique in the oeuvre of Mie Mørkeberg.
Mie Mørkeberg (b. 1980) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. She has done commissions for Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, the UN City, Copenhagen Business School, Saxo Bank and the kindergarten Børnehuset Nyelandsgården Frederiksberg. Among her solo exhibitions count: "Den Glemte Have" Brandts, 2015, "Vakuum" Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen 2014, "Private - Public" Galleri Tom Christoffersen , Copenhagen 2012, “Glemte rum og skjulte korridorer” Politikens Forhal, Copenhagen , 2010, "Drama Queens" Traneudstillingen Gentofte , 2008.
Video from Mie Mørkeberg's exhibition at Brandts:
Sketch for a new alter piece, 2008, Mixed media on paper, approx. 120x100 cm , Commissioned by Skjern Kirke, not carried out.
Untitled, commissioned painting for the UN building in Nordhavn (seen from the entrance), 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 3 x 7 m