Terese Longva was a member of the S12 team between 2011 and 2013, working in the workshop, assisting Artists in Residence and teaching.
Terese Longva received her BFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2008. She also studied at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, followed by three years at the Kosta Glass School in Sweden. She also studied at the Ålesund School of Art in Norway.
Today she works in different mediums, but video and performance has a central place in her work. She examines various aspects of the human condition such as how we construct different selves in reaction to varied expectations from our society, and how we constantly struggle to learn our social roles while at the same time trying to break out of them to get to know ourselves.
Through the collaborative partnership Longva+Carpenter, Longva also investigates topics such as personal longings, feminist ideology and political urgency. She also belongs to the collective Performance Art Bergen – PAB. Terese lives on Longva – an island of the west coast of Norway. She has shown her work at various venues in the USA and Europe.
During the spring 2012, Terese used her time in the S12 Workshop to create objects that became a part of an installation in the Gallery, setting the stage for her long durational performance, In This House. The performance lasted for 55 hours spread over 11 days in May 2012. Her actions, a set of rituals performed everyday, slowly changed the appearance of the gallery.
Dressed in black, the artist would perform a set of actions every day, like sitting at a table, grinding the bottom of a house of glass on top of a mirror covered with abrasive, creating an extensive and intrusive sound when slowly moving the house above the mirror in circular motions. From her mouth she would create plaster molds and place them in a row on the wall, washing her mouth repeatedly afterwards. Houses would break on the floor to be picked up, partly glued together to be placed on shelves alongside other houses of glass and of ice. She would go down on her knees and stomach, burying her face and shoulders in a pile of gravel placed on the floor, grabbing stones with her mouth and spitting them in the direction of the wall covered with glass houses. As time passed there appeared a text from under the pile of gravel “In this House we only talk about others”.
The installation created and changed by the artist during the 11 days performance was left standing until end of June, adding to it a neon sign, reading “In This House We Only Talk About Others”. In her performance/installation, Terese Longva challenged the viewer and tested our patience as she created room for reflection of our actions and existence.