Oda Tungodden is an artist residing and working in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently busy with her final year at Michaelis School of Fine Art where she majors in painting. 

She has hosted several group exhibitions around Cape Town as well as well as a solo pop-up show in her home country Norway. Her work can also be seen in the shape of massive murals on walls around Cape Town. 


My painting of “Celeste” explores the space that emerges as we interact with others. I was particularly interested in how we often project aspects of ourselves and our perception of the world onto others. Fragmenting the painting I wanted to show the many different realities that exists simultaneously. As I painted I added colour to the black and white photograph. Although the colours were chosen as accurately as I could, they were more than anything a projection of my expectations and assumptions, the result of my experiences thus far. The final piece is the space between Celeste and me, a little bit of her and a little bit of me, something new.