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Artist statement

I make pictures because I need to create. Every picture is an attempt to connect to the world around me as well as an attempt to escape it. At its best it is an attitude I am after – relaxed precise attention to my surroundings. The transformation of everyday experience. The awareness of the rituals and places where the black holes are so thinly covered that the difference between entering into or stay separated from the other side of things are only a second look away. The snapshot is essential to this process. None of the photos are arranged. This does not mean they are random. Some places and objects contains so much power and the response that makes me shoot the picture involves both conscious and unconscious elements, feeling, thought, memory, knowledge - triggered at the same time. Observation charged with tension, possibilities and secrets.

When im working with paint I will (most of the time) push and play and explore the motif and the material. The intention is not to make a "photorealistic" painting - the photo is already taking care of that part. But how much information is enough to make a painting work? What can you gain by repetition? I want alchemy - to remove the unnecessary - to get rid of the stories but preserve the power that comes from them. Often to a point where it is only when you see the title that you recognize the motif. Attention, accuracy and exploration is important for me in both mediums but in the paintings you have the added dimensions of layers,temper, and time in the surface.


Jeg jobber med både foto og maleri og snapshotet er en essensiell del av denne arbeidsprosessen. Fotografiene er ikke arrangerte - men heller ikke tilfeldige. Jobber intuitivt og observasjonsbasert. Min hodning til motivet (motiver som ofte gjentar seg) er oppmerksomhet på nære ting med flere dimensjoner - rituelle åsted som vanligvis unngår oppmerksomheten.

Fotoene står godt for seg selv - med penselen som verktøy er jeg ute etter at maleriet skal fungere på egne premisser. Jobber frihånd og beholder logikken i motivet men velger ofte å redusere informasjonen slik at det ikke er før man ser tittelen at man får en ide om hva utgangspunktet er. Prosessen inneholder på sitt beste både presisjon, åpenhet og utforskning.


Cicilie Risåsen has been photograping and painting since 1991. Background from Strykejernet Art School, University of Oslo and personal guidance by Roar Werner Eriksen & Markus Brendmoe. She is currently working at Trafo Kunsthall in Asker and attending the mentorshop program at NORD photography in Oslo.

Previous workshops: "It's shot now what" marketing with Julie Grahame.

Grants: 130 000 Nkr from Bildende kunstneres hjelpefond (2008)


Current series:

"Curtains" (2017-2010)

"I just swallowed my own shadow" (2017-2010)

"Artificial light" (2017-2012)

"Saga" (2017-2014) - Serie from a chipboardfactory I used to work at as a teenager.

"The strippers made me do it" - how much information can you remove and still retain an impact?

"Hidden files"