Ingerlise Vikne was born and raised in Norway, but currently she lives in Denmark. The introverted character of her art reflects her upbringing amidst vast and solitary Norwegian landscape. Experiencing Vikne’s art requires withdrawing into our inner world. She offers us a mirror and reminds us of the value that can be found in the slipping into a universe of mind. Ingerlise Vikne conveys the inner universe with saturated and subdued colours; and it is through this colour range that she portrays the care and love she feels for her characters.
A motif she most often returns to in her works are children’s faces. They are all based on different elements of Ingerlise Vikne’s life, and as she herself says, their solitude is not to be seen as a burden, but a choice. “My figures on canvasses have made a choice, they are in a place where senses are neutralized and not stimulated – a place without expectations – obligations – a place where you turn inwards and experience… a quiet happiness…“
“[The artist] says that the audience’s first reaction is usually a feeling of melancholy and sadness. Persons portrayed on pictures, and therefore the artist herself, must be sad, lonely, isolated, and anxious. The issue with Ingerlise Vikne’s pictures is that she herself does not see them as sad. On the contrary, she sees the characters’ isolation as something positive; as one’s soothing ability to rest in oneself. In silence.”
Tom Jørgensen, editor of Kunstavisen