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

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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