Ella Bertilsson

Statement

My practice combines elements of sculpture, video, performance and sound to construct staged installations as a form of an enquiry into the human condition. By digging into personal histories, I investigate both poignant and mundane experiences of daily life to reveal nonlinear and fragmented narratives that delve into domesticity, cultural identity and displacement. I use audio-recordings and translation from Swedish to English as a process to compose a series of broken poetic narratives that can be read through different materials. Obsolete brain-junk and mental clutter is manifested through drawing, print, painting and collage. My art works are like snippets of thoughts, layered in symbolism as brief messages often describing a situation or scene. There is no beginning, no middle, no end. Seen all at once, these acts and gestures draw on dark humour and generate a mood of absurdity and unresolved suspense.

Biography

Ella Bertilsson (b. Umeå, Sweden) is a Dublin based visual artist who weaves dark humour and absurdity  into sculpture, video, performance, sound and drawing.  She is a Black Church Studio member since 2009 and sat on the board of directors between 2017-2019 and is currently on the sub committee for the Process Residency.

She is currently a studio artist at Rua Red until 2023 and is a recipient of the Visual Arts Bursary Award 2021-2022 and the Project Award 2022 from the Art Council of Ireland. She has 1st class honours in Fine Art Print (BA) and MFA both awarded from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland (2009, 2015).

Forthcoming solo exhibitions at Ballina Art Centre (2023) and the Complex (2022). Selected solo shows: Beyond the Sandy Suburbs, Pallas Projects/Studios (2018), Carrier of Memories, Draíocht Art Centre Inaugural Commission (2018), 11.9 km Northwest of the City Centre, Hobusepea Gallery Tallinn, Estonia (2018), The Waiting Room, ArtBox (2017). *past solo shows produced as a joint practice with artist Ulla Juske.  

Recent group exhibitions: Periodical Review 11, Pallas Projects/Studios and Double Estate, Pearse Museum, OPW State Art Collection (2020-2021). Black Church Editions, The Library Project (2021), Stories from Lismore and Beyond, Lismore Castle Arts (2020), MART Award Exhibition; Home made Home (2020), Games for Artists & Non Artists, NCAD Gallery, curated by Brendan Fox (2020), Live performance SQUIRREL as part of Áine Phillips Buttered Up performance event, MART Gallery (2020).

Ella Bertilsson (b. Umeå, Sweden)Ella Bertilsson (b. Umeå, Sweden) is a Dublin based visual artist who weaves dark humour and absurdity  into sculpture, video, performance, sound and drawing.  She is a Black Church Studio member since 2009 and sat on the board of directors between 2017-2019 and is currently on the sub committee for the Process Residency.

She is currently a studio artist at Rua Red until 2023 and is a recipient of the Visual Arts Bursary Award 2021-2022 and the Project Award 2022 from the Art Council of Ireland. She has 1st class honours in Fine Art Print (BA) and MFA both awarded from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland (2009, 2015).

Forthcoming solo exhibitions at Ballina Art Centre (2023) and the Complex (2022). Selected solo shows: Beyond the Sandy Suburbs, Pallas Projects/Studios (2018), Carrier of Memories, Draíocht Art Centre Inaugural Commission (2018), 11.9 km Northwest of the City Centre, Hobusepea Gallery Tallinn, Estonia (2018), The Waiting Room, ArtBox (2017). *past solo shows produced as a joint practice with artist Ulla Juske.  

Recent group exhibitions: Periodical Review 11, Pallas Projects/Studios and Double Estate, Pearse Museum, OPW State Art Collection (2020-2021). Black Church Editions, The Library Project (2021), Stories from Lismore and Beyond, Lismore Castle Arts (2020), MART Award Exhibition; Home made Home (2020), Games for Artists & Non Artists, NCAD Gallery, curated by Brendan Fox (2020), Live performance SQUIRREL as part of Áine Phillips Buttered Up performance event, MART Gallery (2020).

Ella Bertilsson (b. Umeå, Sweden)Ella Bertilsson (b. Umeå, Sweden) is a Dublin based visual artist who weaves dark humour and absurdity  into sculpture, video, performance, sound and drawing.  She is a Black Church Studio member since 2009 and sat on the board of directors between 2017-2019 and is currently on the sub committee for the Process Residency.

She is currently a studio artist at Rua Red until 2023 and is a recipient of the Visual Arts Bursary Award 2021-2022 and the Project Award 2022 from the Art Council of Ireland. She has 1st class honours in Fine Art Print (BA) and MFA both awarded from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland (2009, 2015).

Forthcoming solo exhibitions at Ballina Art Centre (2023) and the Complex (2022). Selected solo shows: Beyond the Sandy Suburbs, Pallas Projects/Studios (2018), Carrier of Memories, Draíocht Art Centre Inaugural Commission (2018), 11.9 km Northwest of the City Centre, Hobusepea Gallery Tallinn, Estonia (2018), The Waiting Room, ArtBox (2017). *past solo shows produced as a joint practice with artist Ulla Juske.  

Recent group exhibitions: Periodical Review 11, Pallas Projects/Studios and Double Estate, Pearse Museum, OPW State Art Collection (2020-2021). Black Church Editions, The Library Project (2021), Stories from Lismore and Beyond, Lismore Castle Arts (2020), MART Award Exhibition; Home made Home (2020), Games for Artists & Non Artists, NCAD Gallery, curated by Brendan Fox (2020), Live performance SQUIRREL as part of Áine Phillips Buttered Up performance event, MART Gallery (2020).