Ina Dorthea Thuresson Questions The Beautiful & The Repulsive Through Art

When OnFeature attended the Metric Collective exhibition of jewellery designers, sculptors and print artists on one summer night, one artist whose work is unforgettable due to the unique reaction it generates from its viewers, intrigued us and we were very excited to find out more. Ina Dorthea Thuresson is a digital artist and her works explore the nature of beauty and disgust, and how they can be related to each other.

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Originating from Norway, Ina moved in 2005 in order to complete her education in the UK, and she gained a BA in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts and an MA in Visual Art-Digital Art from the University of the Arts London.

She is now based and working in London, and her artwork has already been showcased in exhibitions dotted all over London: the Wolf and Badger Summer Residency at The Wonder Rooms, The Old Truman Brewery, The Menier Gallery and the Red Gallery. The success of her designs were undoubtedly confirmed when David Collins Studio noticed her strong graphics and her works were then committed to be used for the Madonna World Tour.


Ina’s style developed after she decided to give up on painting and focus on her real passion of using a combination of digital media and drawing. Her images work on the premise of the viewer initially feeling pleasure at the beauty and symmetry of her designs. Intricate decoration is created using organic lines, golden geometry and repetition of traditionally beautiful items like flowers and butterflies.


But on closer inspection little details emerge; we see slugs, ants, teeth and raw meat that instinctively make us recoil. This inner instinct to find certain things revolting and others beautiful interests Ina as she looks at the psychology behind the reactions of every individual; what some people find attractive is completely repugnant to others. Her designs are often in the form of a kaleidoscope that can make even the combination of beef & butterflies, glitter & seafood and sweets & chicken liver appealing.


Ina sites artists like Damien Hurst, Inka Essenhigh, Liz Wolfe and Helen Chadwick as inspiration. For me, her designs are reminiscent of the French poet Baudelaire, famous for his work ‘The Flowers of Evil’, yet she has a playful edge that undeniably makes you want to have her designs hanging on your living room walls.

To find out more visit Ina’s website

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