Lena Trydal, b 1994, Kristiansand, Norway.
Currently living and working in Oslo, Norway. Part of Dollhuset Atelierfelleskap.
I create figurative and colourful paintings that investigate stereotypes and attitudes of the western world. Symbols from public debates, whether about gender, immigration, power, trends and mental health, are placed in new contexts, or combined in new ways. Portrayed in beautiful colours and clean compositions, it sometimes appears grotesque. You may also call it a mix of realism, surrealism and satire.
I want my artworks to engage with ongoing public debates. I find that there are a lot of political potential in combining loaded symbols in new ways. In this way, the painter is given the role as a creator of new visual worlds that float between reality and imagination. There is a lot of politics in imagination.
2016-2019: University of Oslo: BA Aesthetical Studies (w/art history) (Oslo, Norway)
2014-2015: Royal Academy of Art, The Hague: BA Fine Arts (The Hague, Netherlands) - Not completed
Spring 2014: International Workshop, Metafora: Studio Arts (Barcelona, Spain)
2011-2012: Liceo Artistico "Alessandro Volta": Pittoriche/Painting (Pavia, Italy)
2010-2011 + 2012-2013: Tangen Videregående Skole: Visual Arts (Kristiansand, Norway)
2000-2011: Royal Academy of Dancing/Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing: Pree-Primary, Primary, Grade 1-7, Inter-foundation & Intermediaet (Kristiansand, Norway)
"Nice paintings & dead(ly) fires" w/Thyra Dragseth, Arteriet (Kristiansand, Norway)
"Trafo 15 år - Minifestival", Podium (Oslo, Norway)
"STOPJECTIFY" Gallery Different (London, UK)
"The Real Deal" GalleriNeuf (Oslo, Norway) [SOLO]
"Stipendutstillingen 2015" Agder Kunstsenter (Kristiansand, Norway)
"Juvenarte 2015: Artistic Trajectories" Galleri TM51 (Oslo, Norway)
"Roleplay" Project VIA (Barcelona, Spain)
"No One Good Language" Metafora end-of-year exhibition (Barcelona, Spain)
"Hers, His, Yours, Theirs" Project VIA Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
"Winterwolven Radicals" Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
"We can't Drive to Africa" Student exhibition, Metafora (Barcelona, Spain)
"Am I the Walrus?" Espacio Practico (Barcelona, Spain)
"Artistic Books" Untiteled BCN (Barcelona, Spain)
"Tableaux Vivants" Via Magenta (Pavia, Italy)
PROJECTS & PUBLICATIONS
2020 Art and the Anthropocene, Anthology. Contributing Writer
2020 "Om tilblivelse" Artist anthology, Lik Forlag
2019 Poem produced for a publication in connection with Sørlandsutstillingen 2019 sorlandsutstillingen.no/
2017 Production of booklet (12 acrylic paintings) for Gard Nergaard and Michael Krumins folk album "Å Legge På Svøm".
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
2018 -> Kunstnernes Hus, Receptionist
2018 - 2019 Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Host + Distribution
2018 + 2019 Høstutstillingen/ The Autumn Exhibition, Host+ Receptionist
2013 - 2014 Sørlandets Kunstmuseum (SKMU), Guard, Guide, Host, Extra
2016 "Da rusmisbrukerne flyttet ut, flyttet kunstnerne inn" Aftenposten
2016 "Plot/TV: "The Real Deal" av Lena Trydal" Plot/TV
2015 "På 1700-tallet ville dette vært et bilde av en prostituert" KRSBY