About me

About me and my practice

 

I grew up in a in a forrest and wine district in Rhineland Palatine (Rheinland Pfalz), in Southwestern Germany. I lived midst nature, trees and forest animals, a rural life, that inspired me deeply. After graduating from our local high school, I moved to live and study in Karlsruhe, where I experienced city life for the first time. I started to get involved in the cultural scene, working mainly with photography and body painting. It was not until I had a photograpy professor from the US, that I challenged a long held believe for being horrible with foreign languages. I moved abroad to Kristiansand, Norway, where I fell in love with the peace and quite of Scandinavian life. The strangeness of living in an unknown and a bit weird culture fascinated me and I wanted more. I decided to learn Norwegian, got accepted into University of Agder and worked in Kristiansand with a variaty of projects and people also outside my student life. My studies ranged from sculpting to media art to relational aesthetics. I continued my work with body painting, video and photography until my MA, where I felt the urge to work in a live setting. The Body painting had shaped my focus on the skin. I was more and more curious in how the human psyche being might be shaped and shifted through our experience of skin, and how I could intervent in changing the skin. For the last three years, I have focussed on my skin as a site for performance art and temporary experiences. I use my body as scuplture and work with media and new media to sense, tranform and shift it. I reflect on those inner shifts in front of a live audience or through creating objects that relate to this deep felt world under my skin. I find inspiration in connection between humans, non-humans, different cultures, philosophy and psychoanalysis. I came to see my work in the context of different languges and recently non-language. I need both, contemplating quite and alone time and relationships to others, to create and show my work and move my practice forward.

 

 

At the moment l am based in Kristiansand, Norway.

 

You can reach me on brittalya@gmail.com.

 

 

Education

 

2015-2017 University of Agder (NO), MA Fine Arts, specialisation in performance art, mentored by Tori Wrånes

2016 York St. John University (UK), MA Fine Arts & Theatre and Performance exchange

2013 – 2015 University of Agder (NO), Arts & Crafts, Bachelor

2008 – 2011 PH Karlsruhe (DE), Art Pedagogy & Textile

 

 

Performances

 

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

2017 ‘Shape Leaves’, Bubec Studio, Prague (CZ)

2017 ‘SKIN/skin‘, Agder Theatre, Kristiansand (NO)

2016 'Snail Planet', University of Agder, Kristiansand (NO)

2016 'Don't leave SNAILS', University of Agder, Kristiansand (NO)

2016 'My body, your landscape', University of Agder, Kristiansand (NO)

2016 'Between You And Some Thing', Create16, YSJ University, York (UK)

2016 'A Process Exhibition Of My Journey From Picture To Live Art', YSJ University, York (UK)

2016 'Live Art Live Here On Campus', YSJ University, York (UK)

2016 'The Funeral Performance', YSJ University, York (UK)

2016 'My mind so blue', Kreativ Guerilla, Odderøya Kristiansand (NO)

2016 'My circle of stars', Rambla Nova, Tarragona (ES)

2016 'Ikke gull alt som glitrer', Group performance in collaboration with Sanna Eriksson Ryg, Irene Danielsen and Diana Wildsschut, Franje Festival, Arendal (NO)

2015 'The real thing', Berlin Wall, Berlin, (DE)

2015 'Are you captured?', collaboration with Amnesty International Kristiansand, Kristiansand (NO)

2015 'Gesamt', Devised experimental theatre, group performance, University of Agder (NO)

2011 'The Strange Body Paint', Alter Schlachthof Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (DE)

 

 

Exhibitions

 

 

2018 – ‘Sørlandsutstillingen 2018‘, Arendal (NO)

2017 – ‘Hautgeschichten’, Galerie Bubec, Prague (CZ)

2017 – ‘Pick'n'Mix’, Bubec Studio, Prague (CZ)

2017 – ‘Trauma, Skin, Consciousness’, Agder Theatre, Kristiansand (NO)

2016 – ‘Create 16’, York St. John, York (UK)

2015 – 'BA Degree Show' , University of Adger, Kristiansand (NO)

2014 –'The Tragedy of 1989', University of Agder, Kristiansand (NO)

2014 – 'Future me', University of Agder, Kristiansand (NO)

2011 – 'Abschlussaustellung Integrierende Kunstformen', Alter Schlachthof Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (DE)

2010 – 'Digital Photography', University of Pedagogy, Karlsruhe, (DE)

2010 – 'Current Residents', Civitella D'Agliano (IT)

 

 

Residencies

 

2017 Bubec Studio, Prague (CZ)

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