I was born in Oslo in 1965. I have had a troubled and traumatic past that resulted in loss of confidence to people. I left the established society, but after some years on the “edge”, I started to form my experiences as artistic expressions. I soon felt the need to gain more knowledge on both a procedural level and within philosophy of art. This search for knowledge resulted in a decade of art studies.
I am ideologically inspired by the early surrealist movement, with its enigmatic perspectives, enigmatic places and its philosophy of automatism. I work with contradictions related to ideologies and norms, and in this I find affiliation in the early surrealists’ criticism of imperialism and cultural fetishism as it is brought up to date in the current social debate, values and mind set. Together with focus on social contradictions I challenge taboos related to our way of life, our faith and our roles. I seek out to visualize the spaces that are formed as inner thoughts and ideologies meet the outer world. Each of his photographs contains dualisms’, always showing a game between concrete reality and abstract thoughts.
I work with Instant films, where I always combine elements beyond my control together with the motifs I have consciously chosen. The surroundings I choose for my photography have always a meaning for what I express, and their contributions are not only on an ideological level, but on a concrete one as well. By pressing the films onto the photographed subject, a chemical process forms by particles from the photographed, blending with and affecting the films’ emulsion.