Karianne Stensland was born in 1969 in Bodø, Norway. She received her MFA from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art in 2005. She was one of the initiators of the Marienborg artist community and Project Room in Trondheim (2005–2010). From 2002–2007, Stensland collaborated with the Scandinavian feminist performance group High Heel Sisters. In 2014 Stensland was awarded the NTNU artist prize, and chosen as artist of the year for the county of Sør-Trøndelag. In recent years she has participated in exhibitions such as the Norwegian Sculpture Biennale, Vigelandsmuseet, Lips Painted Red, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Constant. Decay. / RAKE Visningsrom, Trondheim.
The driving force in my work is the investigation and reformulation of gender, power and rank. My work comprise elements of mixed media, often presented through performance, video or installations. Improvising both the work process and the methods used, results in a haphazardness that lends the projects an aspect of coincidences and humour. I merge experiences of visual arts and theatre into my artistic practice.