The word juice has several different meanings. It can be interpreted as organic fluid, human secretions, sources of energy, vitality or describe the inherent essence of a thing. Can man’s thirst for the earth’s juices be quenched? Is nature’s vitality a gift or a conditional loan?
The exhibition MY JUICE YOUR THIRST by Sisse Holst Pedersen is an investigative critique of the Anthropocene age. A term proposed by several eksperts to describe the era we live in today, where it gradually becomes more and more clear that man is in the process of taking over the role of the planet-determining factor. In the past it was us who had to adapt to nature, now it is nature that is transformed, controlled and broken down by us. The artist’s objects question man’s imagined power over nature; when we stand in front of them, we sense movement, consciousness and activity.
Entering the exhibition is like opening a lid of moss in a damp forest floor. We understand that nature lives and moves there, but the little revelation that takes place when we remove the moss can be scary, disgusting and fascinating all at the same time.
The objects confront us with the incomprehensible, strange and extraterrestrial character of nature. Have we traveled through a wormhole to a newborn barren planet to investigate the first stages of life? Or are we in a laboratory examining quivering amoebas under a microscope?
Sisse Holst Pedersen (b. 1993) has, after 6 years in Amsterdam, moved back to Copenhagen, where she works and lives. She graduated from KADK Bornholm and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands, specialising in ceramics in 2019. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo show in Denmark and began during a residency at Krabbesholm Højskole in 2022. (Text: Marie Refslund Søndergaard)
The exhibition is supported by:
Disc Tennis Club
Karl Bech Pedersen
Elin Margrethe Holst
Julie Holst Pedersen