Lisa Pacini’s works focus more directly on reflections. Not as unmediated forms of mimesis, but as pictures of crazed reproductions. In labyrinths, the surface of the picture is saturated with the labyrinthian challenge that our perception encounters when we are confronted with an object of art – not because the object is incomprehensible, but because it has been removed from the standardized, functional world where things are usually found. In Medusa, the objects depicted have been multiplied, as if to make a point of the many perspectives of the world that the object of art embraces. But Pacini does not only create a diversity of perspectives, but also – by breaking up the conventional utilitarian surface of everyday life – a picture of the curiosity with which we, as children, discovered the world. Gaston Bachelard writes in Poetics of space that a house cannot be described as an item or object for study. Rather, a house is a place where intimate places are woven into our view of the world: nooks and crannies are not meaningless places, but stages where our spiritual dramas are played out. By raising a magic mirror to the world, Pacini unveils our perception as open and limitless and reestablishes by means of this uncertainty, a space for intimacy and discovery.


LISA PACINI (b. 1956, USA)
Living and working in Oslo Norway
Melkeveien 63
0779 Oslo


Oslo National Academy of the Arts 1982-1983
S.U.N.Y. Purchase N.Y. BFA 1980-1982
Museum school of Fine Arts 1977 -1978
Yale University summer 1976
Rhode Island school of Design, R.I. summer 1973

Group Exhibitions and Projects

2015 Nordens Hus Traveling SUN Reykjavik Island
2015 Artic Circle Assembly
2015 Oslo Lux
2015 Factory light festival Slemmestad
2015 Kunst rett vest
2014-15 Henie Onstad Museum Traveling SUN
2014 The first supper symposium/ Oslo
2014 Travelling SUN Marres House for Contemporary art. Maastricht Nederland
2013-14 Travelling SUN to Rjukan
2014 The First Supper Symposium, Oslo
2013 The First Supper Symposium, Oslo
2012 – 2013 Open Space Group, Tromsø Kunstforening,Norway
2012 Burning man, Oslo Art Hall, Oslo
2012 Open Space Group, North trønderlag Museum, Norway
2011 Open Space Group, Zoellner arts center, PA, USA
2010 New Nordic Art Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden
2006-1995 Østlandsutstillingen, Norway
2002 Windows, Main Police station, Oslo
2001 For Alice 2, Invited by the National fall exhibition Oslo committee
1999 You are never alone, International cultural Museum, Oslo
1996-97 Forventning, Oslo and Bærum
1995 Public reflections, Majorstuen, Oslo
1994 Project:5 – Kunstlern aus skandinavien und Mecklenburg, DE
1993 UKS Spring exhibition, Oslo
1993 Pointed Arches Gallery Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands
1985 National fall exhibition, Oslo
1985 Beat Stamford Connecticut, USA
1982 Pool, Hennie Onstad Art Center, Norway


2014 – 2015 Traveling SUN, Henie Onstad Arts Center, Norway
2013 Travelling SUN, Rjukan, Norway
2013 Traveling SUN, UFS institute for culture, Bergen,Norway
2013 Travelling SUN, 100% Norway, London, England
2006 Mona-Lisa, Trøndelag Center For Contemporary Art
1996 Hanging Gardens, City Hall, Oslo
1993 Snow white and the seven dwarfs, Majorstuen
1991 Gønn Portal UKS, Christiania Torv, Oslo
1994 Rose Garden, Bethlehem PA, USA


2004 Several Circles, executive Government quarter, Oslo
2004 1939 Reflections, Former Opera, Oslo
2001 420 Reflections, Kunsternes Hus, Olso
1999 For Alice, Sandvika, Norway
1997 Looking Glass, City center, Oslo
1996 What What, Anker Bridge, Oslo
1994 Yellow men, Statens Vegmuseum, Lillehammer, Norway
1994 Yellow men, central square, Oslo


2013 Kongsberg Satellite Services AS, Norway
2011 LUAG Collection, Lehigh University Art Galleries PA, USA
2011 Oslo Liftutleie, Norway
2010 Eiendomsspar AS, Norway
2008 Høegh Eiendom AS, Norway
2007 Bærum municipality, Norway
2007 Intercultural Museum, Oslo

Grants and Awards

2014 10 year grant from the Norwegian state
2012 2014 Art council, The First Supper Symposium
2012 2014 Free speech fund, The First Supper Symposium
2012-06 Arts council exhibition support
2012 -11-10-06-99-98-95- Norweagian artist association, project support
2011-05-03 Ingrid Lindback Langaard foundation
2011 The Scandinavian American Foundation
2006-03-02-01-98-95-94 Visual artists grant
2005-03 Art Council Norway, Project Grant
2004 Project support Norwegian Public construction
2001-97-95 The Netherlands Embassy
2003-1998-96 City of Oslo arts and culture grant
2000 Sound and cassette fund
1999 Bærum municipality arts council -Eventen
1999 Bærum municipality arts council – Looking Glass
1993 Norwegian Film Institute
1993 Stroom –The Hague Netherlands project support
1988 A.C. Houens legate 1981 New Avant-Guard Rock Event S.U.N.Y. NY


2006 American Academy in Rome, visiting artist
2005 Circolo Scandinavian, studio program, Rome
1993 Travel Stipend, The Hague

Work Related Employment

2012-2014 First Supper Symposium Chairwoman of the board
2006-05 Project manager for Arnold Dreyblatt, KORO
1993-94 UKS/ young artist association board member

Member of Norwegian sculptor Association (NBF), Norske Billedkunstnere (NBK)

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