Idun Baltzersen was born in 1987 in Trondheim, Norway, and now lives in Stockholm. She has studied at the Kunsthøgskolen in Bergen and finished her studies with a master at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design in 2014.
Baltzersen’s work is characterized by an experimental approach to graphics and the possibilities of print technologies and manifests as woodcuts and assemblages of paper, fabric and wood. The repetitive function of graphics, which makes possible production of many editions of the same image, is used as a way to explore identities and contemporary myths. The perspective of the girl and the young woman are often in focus. In Baltzersen’s work characters are depicted with their faces turned away, or their backs turned to the viewer. The subjects contain a number of details and markers that can be traced to contemporary youth culture. Through monumental depictions, and shifting positions, Baltzersen lets the observed occupy space in relation to their observer, thus giving the motifs authority.
Baltzersen’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions, including Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art, Stockholm (2021); Teckningsmuseet, Laholm (2018); Uppsala konstmuseum (2018, 2017, 2014); Konstakademien, Stockholm (2017) and Moderna Museet Malmö (2015).