This is me
My name is Gisela Fleischer. I’m a visual artist, musician, performer and creative multi-tasker.
This page is simply a place where I display my work. It’s a portfolio of visual art and objects for others to explore, as well as for myself to document.
I enjoy the creative process, to use my hands, and to try out all kinds of materials. I’ve been constantly creating since I was a toddler. My childhood was filled with loads of artistic projects and creative experiments, and that’s still the way things are. It has always seemed clear to me that creativity has been, and is, as important to me as eating or sleeping.
When I was nine years old I got into amateur acting, something that I would engage in immensely for ten years. I loved the stage as well as the backstage action, and being a part of the whole. I still love everything about it, especially the mask and make up, the costumes, the props and scenography. As an adult, I’ve continued to work with performativity, but mostly as an artist. My one year project 365 Masquerades is probably the biggest example of how I adapted my love for the theater into a new format.
Apart from visual art of any kind, I’ve also been making music for a long time and in a few different constellations. Since 2001, I’ve mostly been doing this solo, simply under the name Gisela. You may visit my music page ohgisela.com to listen to my songs.
I’m based in Malmö, Sweden, where I live with my three cats. I was born in Halmstad in 1981. I’ve been working as an art educator at Moderna Museet since 2009.
I enjoy documentaries, philosophy, movies, Victorian and Edwardian fashion, cats, veganism, yoga, esotheric and occult topics, flea markets and vintage, music, history, theater, archaeology and mythology. I know more than most people do about sideshows, true crime and alchemy, and I’m a huge Twin Peaks freak (or scholar).
My main personal web page is eskapi.com.
Below you’ll find a somewhat compressed biography presented through lists of my educations, work experience and artistic projects.
Artistic work and projects
Twin Peaks writer, 25 Years Later Site, 2017 – present.
Prop maker (papier maché animals) for artist Annika Eriksson’s exhibition The Social, Moderna Museet Malmö, 2017.
Workshops: Creativity and creative processes, Dramalogen, Halmstad, 2014 and 2016.
Performance artist, Makeriet, Malmö, May 2015.
Solo exhibition, Makeriet, Malmö, 2015.
Art book: 365 Masquerades – Every day is a masquerade. Self-published, 2015.
Performance artist, Ladyfest, Malmö, July 2014.
365 Masquerades – Every day is a masquerade – A one full year performance art project, where I transformed myself every day from January 1st until December 31st 2014. The 365 characters were presented every day on social media. The project was recognized by newspapers, blogs, the radio, social media and Swedish national television throughout the year.
Solo exhibition, Glassfabriken, Malmö, 2011.
Artist In My Residence – I invited artist Leif Holmstrand, whom I had never met before, to live in my apartment and use it as his work studio for a few days in the summer of 2010. The process and social interactions were recorded and documented by me and through the art that was created.
Solo exhibition, Rotundan, Halmstad, 2006.
Art educator, Moderna Museet Malmö. Full time, 2009 – present. Responsible for art educational projects for preschools, schools and adult education, as well as for families. Creative art workshops for all ages from babies up to seniors. Producing educational material for families, schools, groups, teachers and external parties.
Education administrator, Malmö University. 2008 – 2009.
Art educator and research assistant, Malmö Konstmuseum, 2007 – 2009.
Art educator and host, Malmö Konsthall. 2007 – 2009.
Museum guide, Malmö Museer. 2007 – 2009.
IT support, Malmö University, 2006 – 2008.
Malmö Konstmuseum (Malmö Art Museum), 2007. Art education for school groups, production of art educational material.
Pusterviksteatern (Pustervik Theater), Göteborg, 2001. Promoter, stage and backstage worker, graphic designer.
Rockstugan, Halmstad, 1996. Music education assistant in special educational projects. Work with music for adults with severe intellectual and physical disabilities.
Bachelor of Arts, main subject Art history.
Art history, Lund University. 2002 – 2003, 2004 – 2005.
Museology, Lund University. 2006 – 2007
Culture, media and aesthetics, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University. 2005 – 2006.
Cultural Studies, Malmö University, 2003.
German, GLS Sprachenzentrum, Berlin. Summer of 2004.
Fine arts, Lunds Konst- och Designskola (Lund’s Art and Design School), Lund. 2003 – 2004.
Folk high school – Graphic design, photography and information program, Jönköping. 2000 – 2001.
Upper secondary school – Theater, Sturegymnasiet in Halmstad, 1997 – 2000. Courses: Stage, mask and costume design, drama and dramaturgy, physical stage, voice, stage performance, theater theory, art and cultural history. Special project: documentary analogue photography.