Jessica Ullevålseter (NO) was born in Norway but lived out of the country from 2003 – 2017 in the UK, Spain, and Mexico. She received her education from University of Barcelona and UNAM, Mexico- as well as the art tank La Colmena. She was influenced by situationism and performative art.
Her work is inspired by change and the possibility to change, in particular by the meeting. She incorporates personal questions to her art, such as colonialism- being the mother of a young Mexican boy, imperialism- whiteness, by her personal family heritage: that of resistance against the Nazis at Ullevålseter in the Oslo forest- on one side of the family, and colonization and missionary on another side of the family.
Her return to Europe in 2017 was a cultural shock and has since worked on the meeting between people in a very isolated world. Her art is to create a platform. She believes that we should, in our common meetings, be bold and make new ways into the future. It is our personal and our eco chambers´ duty and responsibility to dig into history and family heritage to actively heal the past.
Her work is often inspired in shamanism or alchemical questions, perennial philosophy and symbolical studies. She sees herself as an activist as well as an artist and tries to actively question the artists role, protagonism and concerning the authentic voice and message.
She sees art as a space where the audience should be included and she does not differ in result and process.
Art is the language by which we can reconcile, as it is challenging by nature and never defined.