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Crystal Growth and Natural Decay - An Interview with Sadie Weis

InterviewsErika Belavy

Born in Kansas and now based out of Berlin, Sadie Weis is a multi-media artist with influences of the spiritual, the occult, magic, and science fiction. These elements are combined with the re-appropriation of found relics and memories in accordance with organic processes such as crystal growth and natural decay.

She attempts to convey magic and beauty in the implication of isolation of these discarded elements and broken human memories of their former 'worlds' and their ultimate transition and re-representation into dream-like and fantastical universes via transcendental mediums. These creations become ritualized moments of presence and awareness in a societal landscape of common unconscious. 

How did you decide to become an artist?

I think it was simply an innate thing. Creating and wandering are things I have always felt compelled to do, as well as storytelling. I am always in awe of Metaphysics and and beautiful and glimmering things, like a magpie bird. I followed this passion from childhood and then went to art school and beyond.

What inspires you? 

I am inspired by a plethora of things- constantly rotating and evolving. Artistically and spiritually, I am interested in creating alternate dimensional environments and channels to otherworldly sensations through influences of spirituality, science fiction, the occult, our galaxy and beyond, magic, and the natural environment,  to name a few. My studies include that of astronomy and astrology, space and time travel, fantasy, mysteries of the sky and moon, chemistry, alchemy, extraterrestrials, and the possibility of other other realms, the Metaphysical and supernatural subconsciousness, and mysticism

What is your creative process?

My philosophy and inspiration in art production comes from the spiritual and sculptural restoration of the journeys of the mind- a mental odyssey of Wanderlust. In my work I create mythical imagery of unknown lands and universes that I have explored mentally.- a cinema of the mind, or 'Kopfkino' in German.

For me, creating is about fulfilling a vision and following an epiphany- regardless of what medium it takes to express this and I seek each medium specifically suitable for what I need to convey. The installation work i create often channels from the magic one finds through adventure and Wanderlust. So basically, I parallel this theology with my physical spiritual journeys. I always find my interpretation of the universe to be magical and enchanting but paradoxically dystopian and futuristic. 

What impact do you seek to accomplish with your work?

I mainly hope to encourage others to see the world in a broader sense, not just through my eyes but to open the possibilities in themselves- to question our  impressions of right here, right now and how our imprint on this existence moulds the character of our collective societies.

How do you do so?

This is done through the re-appropriation of found relics, visions, and dreams combined also with organic and scientific processes and elements of science fiction. I attempt to convey magic and beauty in the implication of isolation of these discarded elements and broken human memories of their former 'worlds' and their ultimate transition and re-representation into dream-like and fantastical universes via transcendental mediums.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

The Power to Heal, for sure.

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ABOUT SADIE WEIS

Sadie was born in Salina, Kansas and studied painting and printmaking at the University of Kansas. She has exhibited internationally In Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and the United States. She transferred her practice to Berlin, Germany after being awarded an artist residency at Dada Post Gallery and studio program. Sadie continues to live and work in Berlin, and is currently preparing for a Residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Haukijärvi, Finland.

Solo Exhibitions

2014 - 'Interchromatic Disaster Palace,' The Ballery, Berlin

2012 ‘Interference Ad Astra,’ Marquee / Berlin

2012 ‘…/// to the Magnetic Abyss,’ The FabLAb / Berlin

2011 ‘auralswordsilverfuture,’ Dada Post / Berlin

2010 ‘Holy Blitz, Data, and Dust,’ Heist Gallery / New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2015 ‘Chased Exhibition,’ Fata Morgana Galerie / Berlin

2015 ‘Chemcraft,’ CM Projects / London, UK

2015 ‘Around the World in 30 Days,’ The Ballery / Berlin

2015 ‘WANDERLUST,’ Lacey Contemporary Gallery / London, UK

2014 ‘International Queer Business,’ Room of Requirement / Berlin

2014 ‘Pop-Up Art Gallery pops to San Sebastian,’ NoColor Estudio / San Sebastian, Spain

2013 ‘Pop-Up Art Gallery goes Copenhagen,’ Dencker & Schneider Gallery / Copenhagen, Denmark

2013 ‘The Forest of the Future,’ Collective Installation / New York, NY