Visual Artist


Ella Bertilsson (SWE/IRE) and Ulla Juske (EST/IRE) moved, separately, to Dublin during the years of the Celtic Tiger, and ultimately met in 2013, during their time as MFA students in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Since then the artist-duo (SWE/IRE & EST/IRE) have been using conversation as the generative ground for their multidisciplinary work; sourcing inspiration from films, music, news items, oral histories and interviews; and producing work that uses storytelling, symbolism, staging and sound to produce a mood of absurdity, disquiet and unresolved suspense. This atmosphere is fuelled by the tension in the telling of the narratives, which can indicate something unsaid, be it by verbal feint, communicative noise, distraction or omission. Thematically, the work matches questions of domesticity with questions of memory and personal history, moving to remind the viewer of the associated essences, realities, and dissonances.

Ella Bertilsson (b. Umeå, Sweden, 1982) and Ulla Juske (b. Pärnu, Estonia 1986) started to collaborate during their postgraduate studies on the MFA; Art in the Digital World Programme at NCAD, Dublin (2013). Upcoming exhibitions include: 11.9 km Nortwest of the City Centre (Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, 2018), Platform (Draíocht Art Centre, Blanchardstown, 2018), Pathways, Audio-Walk (NKD (Dale, Norway). Recent solo exhibitions include: The Wait- ing Room (Artbox, Dublin, 2017), Uncertain Matter (Outvert Art Space & Art- sIceland, Isafjordur, 2017), Uncertain Matter (Deiglan Gallery, Akureyri, 2017), Uncertain Matter (Nordic House, Reykjavik, 2016), Time is what happens when nothing else does (Office of Public Works in association with the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2015). Recent public events: Museum of an Unknown Per- son, (Circe Pavilion, Dublin, 2017), Uncertain Matter (as an Audio-walk, Nordic House, Reykjavik, 2017). Residencies include: NKD; Nordic Artist’s Centre, Dale (2018), Draiocht Incubate Residency, Dublin (2017), Process Residency Artbox, Dublin (2017), The Association of Icelandic Artists, Reykjavik (2016).