Camilla Steinum

Camilla Steinum predominantly works with textiles, ready-made objects, metal frameworks and carved wood, while focusing on the qualities and characteristics of materials and objects as such. When carefully arranged and manipulated, these materials create a juxtaposition that highlight their ‘material contrasts’ (dirty/clean, organic/structured, soft/hard). These analogues can also refer to ‘human’ features, such as manners and other traits connected to social conventions. Many of the objects used by the artist are existing items that form part of our daily routine. These non-descriptive items and ‘voiceless’ things are pulled away from their traditional uses and reimagined into sculptural assemblages.

She graduated with a BA (in Visual Art Textiles, 2009) and a MFA (2012) from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. In 2015 she visited The Mountain School of Arts, California. Her solo exhibitions include Hul, Oppland Kunstsenter, (Lillehammer, 2021), symptom, sympathy, Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, 2020), zusammen und getrennt, Kunstverein Göttingen (2020), Craving Caring Clumsy Connection, Soy Capitán (Berlin, 2018), In Spite of Chores, Soy Capitán (Berlin, 2017), Dubious Desire for Cleanliness at Rod Barton (London, 2015) and Symbols of Existential Dirt at One Night Only (Oslo, 2014). Her work has been included in Biennals and group exhibitions such as in the 9th Norwegian Sculpture Biennal (Oslo, 2017), in the Wildlife Skulpturpark at Nesoddparken (Nesodden, NO, 2017), in the NTK, Textile 40 Years Anniversary Exhibition, Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo, 2017), in Hvorfor bøye seg så dypt?, Kunsthall Grenland (Porsgrunn, NO, 2018), Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger, Kunsthall Stavanger (Stavanger, NO, 2018) and My body doesn’t like summer at Philipp Haverkampf Galerie (Berlin, 2018). She has been an artist in residence at NKDale (Dale, NO, 2020), Wiels (Brussels, BE, 2020), Cth 51 (Roskilde, DK, 2019), CCA (Mallorca/Andratx, ES, 2018), MeetFactory (Prague, CZ, 2017) and Do It With Others (Tilburg, NL, 2017). A selection of Steinum’s works has been recently added to the national collection of Germany (Sammlung der BRD).

Camilla Steinum born 1986 in Oslo lives and works in Berlin.




Interview Camilla Steinum • Westfälischer Kunstverein 2020