SFA Projects, New York
The origin of Frodo Mikkelsen's work begins with his early childhood, in Sweden, where he collected a moose skull in the nearby forest and "planted" it in his family garden. As flowers grew above it, he imagined a "lifewheel" and, at a young age, began to consider a cycle of life, death, and rebirth. This imagery entered his earliest artwork, and became a continuing thematic element.
He later moved to Denmark, where large portions of central Copenhagen are built atop old plague cemeteries – massive shallow graves – adding to his contemplations.
"I saw it like a lifewheel: when we die, we go into the ground, a flower grows up, maybe a tree. Perhaps someone builds a house. So my sculptures should be seen as something positive, like a little silver symbol of the lifewheel. No matter what happens to us in life, in death we all smile," says Mikkelsen.