Ella Bertilsson’s work explores autobiographical concerns through fictional narratives staged in multi-layered installations.
The non-linear and often fragmented stories draw an emphasis on the voices of women and delve into family history, cultural identity and displacement. By taking an interdisciplinary approach, she ventures into narrative-driven investigations that explore day-to-day experiences and memories of a place or person through passed on stories. She combines these sources with news items, oral histories and field-recordings, these re-imagined clues are assembled and transcribed to reveal manuscripts that blur the lines between fact and fiction. This process informs a multitude of materials used to stage installations, including; audio, video, performance, photography, every-day objects and personal belongings. These acts and gestures are used to generate a mood of absurdity and unresolved suspense where the atmosphere is fuelled by the tension in which the narratives are told. This can indicate something unsaid, be it by verbal feint, communicative noise, distraction or omission, which in turn bring motifs of underlying ambiguities and contradictions to the surface.
Ella has been selected to develop a live performance for The Art Factory at the Complex during autumn 2019. Her practice is also rooted in collaborative projects, she is currently part of the artist collective Child Naming Ceremony, which consists of artists; Ella Bertilsson, Michelle Hall, Austin Hearne, Ulla Juske, Celina Muldoon and Francis O'Dwyer. Child Naming Ceremony are currently developing a live event to be hosted at TBG&S; Studio 6 in October 2019. Ella also have a collaborative practice with Ulla Juske, together they are recipients of Fire Station Artists' Studios Digital Media Bursary Award (2019) and the Peer Residency at RHA (2018-2019). Work from both the collective and the duo will be featured in the publication 'Orphan' by art critic James Merrigan, to be launched in November 2019.
Image: Beyond the Sandy Suburbs, Pallas Projects, 2018. Photo credit: Kasia Kaminsky.