Ursula is a swedish speaking Finnish artist based in Åland. She works primarily with performance, film and video art but also with painting. She often works in site specific ways, using elements and materials found in her surroundings, therefore her performance works can seldom be fully planned beforehand or repeated in other spaces. The foundation of her work is often related to existential questions about death, guilt, individual suffering and questions of social disadvantages. In her latest works, memory and the body's connection to memory has played an important part.
Ursula was born in Helsinki in 1978, but lived her first childhood years in Kökar, an island municipality in the south-east of the Åland archipelago, known for its ruins of a Franciscan monastery from the 15th century. In her artistic practice, a sensitivity and responsiveness to nature and familiarity with the language of religious symbolism can be sensed. Ursula has a background in the fashion industry but became tired of the consumerism she was part of and moved back to Åland to come closer to the nature.
Since 2012, Ursula has participated in and organized multiple performance art events in Finland and other Nordic countries and she is the founder of the artist-run organization Åland Action Art. Ursula has shown her work in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Germany and Japan. She has studied art in Finland, Denmark and Romania, and has a BA in Fine Arts from Novia University, 2014, and a BA in Crafts and Art from 2004.
Picture Courtesy of Peter Rosvik, 2018.