Born in Elverum, Norway.
Lives & works in Oslo, Norway.
Cicilie Risåsen has been photographing and painting since 1991. Background from Strykejernet Art School, University of Oslo, personal guidance by Roar Werner Eriksen & Markus Brendmoe and The mentorshop program at NORD photography.She is currently working at Trafo Kunsthall in Asker
2017 - Mentorprogram at NORD photography in Oslo.
2007 - 2015 Veiledning Roar Werner Eriksen & Markus Brendmoe
2003 - 2006 Bachelor - UIO
1990 - 1992 Strykejernet Art Scool
1988 - VK 1 Dekoratør, Elverum vdg.
1987 - Tegning, grafisk, og dekorativ formgiving. Elverum vdg.
2018 - "Portfolio" St. Petersburg - guest curator Cig Harvey
2016 -"It’s Shot, What now?" - Julie Grahame/NordPhotography
2020 - "Talktotheeye" - Fotografiens Hus
2018 - "Talktotheeye" - Trafo Kunsthall
2017 - «Curtains» - Cyan: Salong
2015 - «Juks» - Cyan: Salong
2015 - «The Factory» Fotoutstilling Våler Bibliotek&Galleri
2009 - Åsnes kunstforening
2009 - "I just swallowed my own shadow" - Loftet ( Torggata Bad )
2007 - "Reality" - Loftet ( Torgata Bad)
2020 - "Jævlade klasseforrædere" - Galleri 69
2020 - LE BOOK CLUB – Chapter 1: Zines of the Zone - Fotogalleriet
2019 - Galleri S9
2018 - «Cyanfolio» (Curtains) - Cyan Galleri i samarbeid med Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
2017 - "Red" GSF - Gamlebyen Sport & Fritid
2017 - «Artificial Light» Mentorutstilling - Cyan Galleri
2013 - «4 malere - 4 utrykk» (Curtains ) - Galleri Vulkan
2012 - «Fire malere» - Albin Upp
2008 - ” Med Strykejernet som springbrett” Galleri Albin Upp
Finnskogutstillingen, Åsnes 1996, 97, 98, 99, 2003,04, 05, 07, 09, 10, 12.
Stipendutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo 98, 01, 02, 03, 07,08.
Grants & Awards
2018 - Cyan Folio - Utdanningsprisen
2008 - Bildende kunstneres hjelpefond.
2005 - Black & White
2009 - "Left hand" - Zine
2010 - "Grandmothers funeral" - Zine
2010 - "Hunting lodge 1" (Photo) - Zine
2010 - "Hunting lodge 2" (Paint) - Zine
2011 - "The MM investigations" - Zine
2011 - "Daisies" (Photo) - Zine
2011 - "The strippers made me do it" - Zine
2012 - "Curtains" 1 - Zine
2013 - "Left side of bed" - Zine
2015 - "Left side of bed" (Drawings) - Zine
2016 - "Sky" - Zine
2018 - "The headquarter" - Zine
2019 - Lecture "lickmypillow" - Cyan fotobokfestival
2019 - Established "Midtsundstad Kunsthall" Våler i Solør
2018 - "Flashtalk 11" - Fotografihuset/Red Hook Labs
2016 - Foredrag «Foto og tegning – arbeid med forskjellige kunstuttrykk» - Oslo Kameraklubb
2008, 2011 - 2. juryering høstutstillingen.
2010 - 2. juryering østlandsutstillingen.
Agent A42 - Origami Republika
Represented in the collections of: Våler Kommune (2015, 2016), Amargon Invest AS (2017), Knut Blomstrøm (2015),
“Langtvirkende ettereffekt av denne. Cicilie Risåsens skummelt homogene miks av foto og maleri fra tilværelsens mellomrom og marginer kom fra et hjørne bortenfor film noir.” - Tommy Olsson (Årets beste utstillinger 2018 – Klassekampen 28. des 2018)
"Rarely have I come across such a talent before. Her work is so sophisticated and mind-blowing, that it threw me for a loop, and it took me a very long time to get the full overview in what she was doing. She works on multiple projects at the same time, and some images floats between projects. She photographs, and she paint. Her work can at first glance seam simple, but that is what makes it so complicated, fresh and alluring. " - Elisabeth Nordeng Aanes (NORDPHOTOGRAPHY's X-MAS CALENDAR 2017 - DAY 8)
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 its an attitude I am after – relaxed precise attention. The transformation of everyday experience. The awareness of the everyday 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.
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 I am working with paint I will explore the motif and the material further. 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 picture 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.