Biography:
Cecilie Dahl – Born in Oslo 1960. Dahl grew up in Oslo and Accra, Ghana. She studied at
Bournemouth and Poole College of Art, UK, and at The Art Academy in Oslo, Norway. She was
a resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and has had tenures at P.S.1, New York and ISCP,
New York. Her work is represented in collections in Europe and the US. Malmö Artmuseum in
Sweden has 25 works, the largest collection of Dahl’s work. Dahl received a price at the
Frankfurter Book fair for her artist book Perspective Berlin purchased by MOMA New York for
their artist book collection. Dahl’s work is part of the database at The Elisabeth Sackler
Foundaton, at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base/gallery/cecilie_dahl.php
She is represented by Turid Meeker Contemporary Art in New York.
http://www.turidmeeker.com/dahl2.html

Recent and present exhibitions and venues:
Scandic Vulkan, Oslo, Restaurant V, 2011, photographs and work on canvas on view, Screaming
from the Mountain. Landscapes and viewpoints, Sørlandet Art Museum, Norway 2011, Mørkt
Kvadrat, Video screening, , Image, edit Cecilie Dahl - Poem: Tone Hødnebø 2011, Published for
the University in Oslo – 200 year jubilee, Mitt Blindern http://www.mittblindern.no/ A Book
about Death, Museum of Modern Art, Wales, UK, 2010 . The MALE, Video compilation, FemLink
- Paris, National Gallery of Prague, Czesch Republic, 2010. A Book about Death, The Emily
Harvey Foundation Gallery, New York, 2009. Kropamok/Bodyberserk, Kunsthallen Brandts
Odense, Denmark: John Bock (DE), Lilibeth Cuenca (DK), Ceclie Dahl (NO), Jesper Just (DK),
Pipilotti Rist (CH), 10.9 08 –11.1 09. Web catalogue: http://brandts.dk/bodyberserk/index.htm
Romantikkens Kraft - På spaning efter romantiken, Nordic contemporary artists, Malmö
Artmuseum 8.2 – 10.5.09. I Love Malmö, Nordic contemporary artists,, Kumu Art Museum,
Tallinn, Estonia, Museums in Motion, 10.9 2009 - 10.1 2010. Museums in Motion, an international
cooperation program involving Kumu, Turku and Malmö Art Museums showing the collection of
Nordic Contemporary Art from Malmö Artmuseum including works by artists: Olafur Eliasson,
Annika von Hausswolff, Nan Goldin, , Joseph Beuys, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Elmgreen & Dragset,
Cecilie Dahl, Niels Bonde among others She is currently working and living in Jeløy, Moss.
For further information http://www.ceciliedahl.com

Artist statement
The current body of work: Heritage patterns – My Body and I, paintings and photographs based
on the term pattern; juxtaposes patterns from textiles, wallpapers and an intuitive treatment of
behavioral patterns as they come and go – a visualization presenting demeanor as a repetitive
decorative and rhythmical blueprint. The bodies of work, Hard Candy, still lives and short stories,
Clothes for a Summer Hotel and Cruising Paradise, explore the human condition. Some of the
oldest and most common similes and metaphors relating to the human body move along a
horticultural lines, among fruits, berries and flowers. Nothing is closer to us than our bodies. This
is the surface and membrane through which all our experience is filtered. The skin, the largest body organ of all permits tactile impulses to pass via the nerves and synapses into the brain. Our
external features give an impression of permanence, but the skin is in a constant flux, like a
flower; an intense traffic permeating it. This in a metaphorical as well as a literal sense. Not
necessarily in a finite sense, but as a metaphor for selflessness, a loss of control as means of
reaching other layers of experience.