In my attempts to challenge the traditional concept of the white cube I create exhibitions in public or private settings such as in the city streets, shopping centres, people`s homes, to name just a few. 

The jazz musician  Dag-Filip Roaldsnes and myself got together in november 2020 for at two week collaboration at Mottaket in Ålesund. We wanted our time spent together to be about our tools. Dag-Filip chose  to bring his pump-organ to Mottaket and I decided to work with charcoal and paper.  The two of us had never previously collaborated  and our work is not really connected. However our differences was a trigger to learn from each othhers processes. Our plan was to have no plan. We turned up at Mottaket with out tools, me with my charcoal and a 10 m roll of paper and Dag-Filip with his organ, a small notebook, a small pile of music-sheet  and a pencil. 

We just started working. He started making  long, dwelling sounds on his organ and I  started brushing powdered charcoal on the white paper.  For long spells we apused pur work and talked about what we were doing and what we were searching for. The first few days we both went into a phase where we  held back. The pursuit was to do as little as possible but still move forward. Like pushing the accelerator and the brake at the same time.  All though I did not draw what he was playing and he did not play what I was drawing, our work was clerarly rubbing off on each others.  We discovered an apparent link between the aesthetics of the  dry and naked wooden sounds of the pump organ  an the charcoal on the paper. It  was  all very pietistic. And we loved it. 

Some days into the project we opened up the doors to an audience. We both talked a little about how we approched this project and then we dis a session of working next to each other  while the audience watched and listenend. What a fantastic evening this was. 
Photo: Bent Erik Myrvoll

What do people believe in? What have people around us figured out? In the project I  BELIEVE I bluntly  ask people I meet “What do you believe in?” I set up shop in the artist project venue Mottaket in Ålesund and more than 30 people came by and talked to me about this difficult topic. These conversations have been some of the most interesting I have had. Ever. It was like opening a tap. Words came pouring out. I made notes form the conversations and brought these bakc to my studio for further work.   
You can see my documentation of this project in my blog.

Performative actions in Valderøy Church
During av weekend in March 2018 I performed the two pieces “Equation” (“Ei likning”) and “Relic” (”Relikvie”) in Valderøy Church, in Norway. These actions were performed in the side-aisle of the church and in dialogue with my displayed painting “The Beast / Best of human behaviour” .

Equation is a four hour long performative action where i work with chaos and order. I start off with the room beeing in order with benches along the sidewalls, and chairs stacked in neat rows. During the performance the order of the room is altered by my moving of every object in the room about. Through the four hours i change the expression of the room from being orderly and predictable, to disaray, to grouping, to  systemiczing, to making symetrichal paterns, to putting everything back in order.

Photo: Lina Røssevold and Simon Wågsholm

Relic was a 10 hour long performative piece that took place in Valderøy church during a Sunday in March 2018.  Through that day I made drawings of random images from the interior of the church. At the end of the 10 hours people were invited to take a drawing, and bring it to their home.

Photo: Lina Røssevold and Trine Røssevold


3rd March - 10th March 2017  a site-specific exhibition of my paintings was shown in this undercrossing in Ålesund, Norway.  Photo: Ingeborg Refsnes

Remote Exhibition

The Beast on display in Ålesund shopping centre. Photo: Ingeborg Refsnes

The traditional gallery is a neutral space where an artist may investigate and explore any topic or artistic challenge. However, the confinement of the gallery can also appear somehow limiting. As a paintress, the space of expression lies within the edges of the canvas. There is also the exciting possibility of working with the space around the canvas as well as exploring the dialogue between the canvas and the space within the artistic concepts. 

Promised Land 
The project Promised Land was a collaborative exhibition between Lorraine Aaron from Scotland and myself from Norway. The exhibition was held at Kube Art Museum in Ålesund. Our work explored the concept of “identity” touching upon national identity, symbols of identity, immigration and transition. 

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