Oda Iselin Sønderland Norwegian, b. 1996


Oda Iselin Sønderland (b.1996, Oslo) works mainly with watercolour painting and recently sculpture, creating figurative work that draws in personal life experiences together with elements and shared stories from her own and other cultures, ranging from magical creatures to characters with an appearance that alludes to Japanese anime. The structure of her work often plays with frames and an image within an image, constructing an inside versus an outside. This connects to the recurring topic of a split self and opposing forces that often occur in her work.


Sønderland holds a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration from The National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, and an MA in Painting from The Royal College of Art in London. She has been exhibited at Marlborough Gallery (London, 2022), Castor Gallery (London, 2022), NEVVEN (Gothenburg, 2022), Arsenal Contemporary (Toronto, 2021), Like A Little Disaster (Polignano a Mare, 2021), Projet Pangee (Montreal, 2020), and Galleri Golsa (Oslo, 2019) among others. Sønderland lives and works in London, UK.