Like a world beneath the city, Julie Ebbing has created an alternative urban space where those things which are usually invisible to us can surface, albeit a little upside down and strange. The visual universe is full of references yet on a collision course with art history. In Ebbings art, traditional gender roles and a conventional visual language give way to crawling female figures, bodily fluids, birds, skulls, and forceful quote mosaics.
Right behind this inner wall lies The National Museum. Ebbing has used traditional motifs from European art history such as Madonnas and saints, as well as symbols that allude to our vanity and transience. By converting soft skin and traditional drapery into thick lines and strong colour-contrasts, Ebbing emphasises the corporeal and morbid aspects of our being and the deep recesses of our emotional life. Here, we find both darkness and vulnerability, humour and politics, and a kick against contemporary stereotypes and practices. Perhaps the coincidence between woman and dog sheds light on power and discrimination, and says something about the ferociousness and necessity in the expression?
Ebbing (b. 1985) is a Norwegian artist living and working in Namsos.
She is educated from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.