Penance Practices Used as an Artistic Research Method


  • Gunhild Vatn Oslo Metropolitan University



artistic research, political art, porcelain, oil industry, sacrament of penance


This article presents ‘Penance Practices’, an art project started in 2017 and consisting of a large number of porcelain sculptures. Most of the works pictured in this article originate in this art project and have featured in various exhibitions in Norway. The project is based on a critical perspective related to society and to politics and is inspired by one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church: the sacrament of penance and reconciliation, also known as the sacrament of confession. My artistic research method will be discussed in relation to the connection between art and religious concepts. My methods will also be discussed in relation to other artists, as well as to the process of making the porcelain sculptures in my studio.

Author Biography

Gunhild Vatn, Oslo Metropolitan University

Gunnhild Vatn is associate professor at Oslo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Institute of Art, Design and Drama.


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White porcelain and steel sculpture. Photo by Gunhild Vatn.




How to Cite

Vatn, G. (2022). Penance Practices Used as an Artistic Research Method. Nordic Journal of Art & Research, 11(1).