Ingvill Gaarder is a Visual Artist who studied Fine Art, Illustration, Digital Art and Photography at Kunstskolen i Bergen (Norway), University of Houston and Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UK) achieving a Bachelor and a Master's degree. She is based in studios in Stavanger and Ryfylke (Norway). Her work has been exhibited by various galleries in Norway and overseas in the UK, Iceland, Germany, France and the US.
After working for years with painting I started photographing more and more and eventually took the leap into photography full time.
During the process of photography I attempt to document physical and psychological presence, investigating and experimenting with the communicative function of colour, form and texture and exploring how these interact. They are a combination of chance and deliberation, which create gateways into suggesting both a physical and emotional energy in the course of making the work.
The starting point of each photography is inspired from a form of narrative, which informs the course of the work. I believe that visual language has a potent power, like music or literature. And it has the ability to communicate and transform.
Utilizing a conceptual dialect of mark making that is both individual and general, I look at my work and process as a personal expression of the unconscious, dreams and the immediate emotional.
Using photographic techniques I may experiment with attempting to create glimpses of spaces and things half shown, suggested texture, forms and lighting, transforming and creating an ambiguous space. The image is then “found” when it appears to have a balance as well as integration is achieved.