About me

 

About me and  my practice


I am originally from Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, but have lived in Kristiansand since 2011. I have studied Master of Arts at the University of Agder, and York St. John University of York with a focus on performance art. In the last 9 years I have worked extensively with skin as a starting point for various artistic explorations in painting, video, photography, sculpture and performance. I am very interested in the experience that arises between art and the viewer or audience, which has contributed to my strong desire to use performance art as a way of being in the moment with others. Through various body painting projects from 2010 to 2015, I have worked in collaboration on others' skin to create different visual expressions. What I want to focus on are bodily sensory impressions that arise during contact between skin and various materials. Through my master's project in 2016, which was guided by Tori Wrånes, I realized how important it is to work with something that is focused primarily on sensory experiences and does not need understanding through language and thought.

Several of my projects are about our bodily processes. I like to highlight skin elasticity, effect of cold, irregular blood circulation, and tension on the skin. The way our body and our skin reacts to various modifications can be understood as a performance and the skin as a performer.

I am as well interested in emotional qualities with the sensation of the skin. My overall goal is to explore the skin and its psychological significance for us. What feelings do different people have regarding different materials and similar experiences on the skin? And how can a sensory performance practice help to understand the skin better?


Feel free to write or call me any time: on brittalya@gmail.com and +47 465 99 708



Education


2017 MA Fine Arts

   Fokus: Performance Kunst,

Veilleder: Tori Wrånes

Agder University  (NO)

2016 Master Fine Art

Exchange York St John University (UK)

2015 Bachelor Arts & Crafts,  Agder University  (NO)

2011  Photography and art pedagogy,

Pädagogische Hochschule

Karlsruhe (DE)




Performances


2019 SKIN SPACES, Teateret/Aladdin, Kristiansand (NO)

2018 ROT, Kristiansand (NO)

2018 What I unconsciously learned, Arteriet (NO)

2018 SKIN/skin, Sørlandsutstillingen 2018, Arendal Kunstforening (NO)

2017 Shape Leaves, Bubec Studio, Praha (CZ)

2017 SKIN/skin, Agder Teater, Kristiansand (NO)

2016 Snail Planet, Universitetet i Agder, Kristiansand (NO)

2016 What would you do if you weren‘t afraid, York St John University (UK)

2016 The performance that never happened, Public performance, York City Walls, York (UK)

2016 The Funeral Performance, York St John University, (UK)

2016 Mind so blue, Kreativ Guerilla, Odderøya (NO)



Exhibitions


2018 Det ukjente i oss, Separatutstilling, Arteriet (NO)

2018 Sørlandsutstillingen 2018, Arendal Kunstforening (NO)

2017 Hautgeschichten, Galeri Bubec, Praha (CZ)

2017 Pick‘n‘Mix, Bubec Studio, Praha (CZ)

2017 Trauma, Skin, Consciousness, Agder Teater, Kristiansand

2016 Create 16, York St John, York (UK)

2015 BA Degree Show, Universitetet i Agder, Kristiansand (NO)



Residencies


2017  Bubec Studio, Prague (CZ)

2010 Group residency, Civitella d’Agliano, (IT)