Stalked: Tiril Hasselknippe, Artist.

13 August 2014

Please may I introduce one of the most exciting artists of the moment. Not only is she absolutely stunning, she also loves one of natures most adrenaline inducing sports, surfing. 
Tiril Hasselknippe, a Norwegian born visual artist whom by the age of 30 already has museum shows under her belt, as well as having collectors scrambling over each other to snap up one of her divine resin surfboards. I now have to admit I've joined the back of the queue for one of these bad boys. Being a surfer in my early years of adolescence her work jumped out at me like no other. I interviewed her at her last show in London, at the opening of Evelyn Yard. By the end of the interview all that was left to discuss was the surfing trip to Wales!

What do you do and why do you love your job? 

I'm a visual artist and a writer. Art is the free space where you can kick and whisper at the same time. It is also like a screen where you can look directly at the sun without going blind. 

How did you come to work with the idea of surfboards? 

I basically had a near death experience in the Mohave desert two years ago and instead of seeing a light at the end of the tunnel I saw myself and the car I was in peacefully fall into a canyon of turquoise water. Like a slow motion ballet. A Thelma and Louise moment. I've been dealing with the ocean on some level in my projects since. The surfboard is also such a humble vessel, there is a 1 to 1 relationship to the body I find very honest. It looks like an aura or abstraction of our physical form, or the tip of a spear, and within sculpture I always read abstraction like an act of destruction. The coexistence with an object or element fascinates me and especially what happens when function is taken out of the equation. 

And I went surfing for the first time this winter and it was the best experience ever. 

Where do you get your inspirations from? 

Everywhere, though not everything at once. Certain things pop out of the background and seem highlighted. I also have the privilege of having a crazy amount of talented and smart friends and acquaintances who are truly inspirational. 

Show: Young Ocean at Vestfossen Kunstlabratorium, Norway. Photo credits Vegard Kleven. 
Scupture: Surfboard (red/blue).

Would you say your upbringing has had a direct influence on your work? 

I was a heavy consumer of books, television and movies. It created a thick weave of fiction that felt both personal and shared, continuously touching upon history or reality. I read Moby Dick for instance when I was ten and I kept mixing it up with tales of Leviathan from the Book of Job as well as the story of Jonah and the whale, thinking it was a part of the Bible. These maritime mythologies were then marbled by pop culture like Waterworld and The Love Boat, and real encounters with the Norwegian coastline and brutalist architecture. 

How would you describe your personal style? 

I am equally attracted to menswear and womenswear. I prefer the body as a sculpture rather than an object. I also think about function a lot. Like what would you wear for the apocalypse? Or for that matter while welding/casting/grinding/building. But for my time off I like clothes that go against that to a certain point, like wearing all white to tell myself I'm not working. It works.

Show: Young Ocean at Vestfossen Kunstlabratorium, Norway. Photo credits Vegard Kleven. 
Scupture: Surfboard (turquoise/skin/clear)

Favourite fashion brands? Favourite fellow artists? 

I'm very fond of my Acne leather jacket. It feels like agile armour. 

Some of my favourite artists at the moment are Jesse Darling, Britta Thie, Sandra Mujinga, Vittorio Brodmann, Bunny Rogers, Olivia Erlanger, Sissel Blystad, Kah Bee Chow, Marlie Mul, Morag Keil, Honza Zamojski, Andrew Ross, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Erin Jane Nelson. There are too many to mention here but there is a flurry of great people out there right now. These are exciting times. 

What's in store for your next show? 

I've actually just finished a very active period and I have the need to zone out for a bit. I think the next project will be a road trip in the U.S. where I get a van and some tools and make sculptures with whatever I find while traveling, and document them by the side of the road. Quite literally a roadshow. I need an adventure right now and I'm weirdly excited about staying in crappy motels and being lost for a while.

Show: Young Ocean at Vestfossen Kunstlabratorium, Norway. Photo credits Vegard Kleven. Scuptures Surfboard (turquoise/skin/clear), Surfboard (yellow/green/clear), Surfboard (white/blue), Surfboard (red/blue).

Five items you can't live without?

Green tea, clothes/shoes, moisturiser, my Swatch watch, wifi connection.



  1. LOVE that skirt!
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  2. great post! beautiful pieces.

  3. Wow! She is fabulously chic! I love the way she's incorporated the ocean into her work!
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  4. Great pics. Thanks so much for your lovely comment.

  5. nice look ; >>


    i invite to me too

  6. Great interview. Will have to google more about her. You have an awesome blog.

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  7. Lovely interview with her, shes amazing!

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  8. She looks incredible. So sporty chic, black and white simple. In love!


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