supported by the Norwegian Arts Council






29. June to 8. July 2012

Opening reception 29. June, 20:00hrs


“Just recently I thought I recognised myself in the story of a decapitated women. I recognise my fears of death in its lines: my body is fleeting as that snowman who begins by loosing his head before dissolving into a puddle of water”

Julia Kristeva, The Severed Head


This exhibition is a meeting between storytelling on the tongue and art on the wall. The theme that joins the works together is the relationship between our body and mind. They explore physical separation and the concept of a divided body and mind.


“ To represent the invisible (the anguish of death as well as the jouissance of thoughts triumph over it) wasn’t it necessary to begin by representing the loss of the visible(the loss of the bodily frame the vigilant head, the ensconced genitals)”

Julia Kristeva, The Severed Head


Ellen Jerstad(1989) and Lilly Williams(1989) met as rebellious thirteen year olds in the woods of southern England. Their families had known each other for generations. Ellen’s Grandmother would ring Lilly’s up, and without so much as a hello she would state things bluntly like “Isn't it time we send those dreadful granddaughters camping in the woods together?”. Something similar happened in the generation before when their mothers fled the matriarchal mafia of the family as teenagers and started a traveling theatre company that took a show around England. Despite all this they grew up in different surroundings and countries. Lilly in the backstreets of London, started pursuing art. Ellen in a valley in Oslo, was fed fairytales from an early age by her paternal grandmother. Their friendship developed as an escape over the phone and gradually they became traveling companions. Since returning from their last trip in 2009, the two have pursued studies in different artistic practices. Lilly took a foundation course at Camberwell College of Art in London, and is now in her 3rd year of study for a Bachelor in Fine Arts at Newcastle University. She is participating in the erasmus exchange program which led her to the Art Academy in Tromsø, where she has been studying for the last 6 months. Ellen has worked with oral tradition and storytelling through the culture department of Norway and spent her time studying Fine Arts and performance at Strykejernet kunstskole. She also studies choreography and dance at the contemporary dance school, and storytelling at the University of Oslo.