Ingvild Eiring, by Daria Endresen

Ingvild Eiring grew up in Bodø, northern Norway. She studied fashion design at Esmod in Oslo, and she has worked with costumes and styling in film and advertising ever since. Eiring has designed the costumes for several major Norwegian feature films before and after the turn of the millennium.

For the last 12 years, she has also been a model for artistic photography and collaborated with photographers in Europe and in the US.

Since 2011, she has increasingly worked with miniature making and dioramas. As of today, the artistry consists of 15 handmade scenes.

Ingvild Eiring is above all a storyteller. Each diorama forms a scene, and you can see that her way of telling a story is influenced by her long career in the film industry. Although her use of mice makes the dioramas look innocent at first glance,  the themes are for adults. Eiring’s biggest sources of inspiration are horror films and literature of the darker kind. The seemingly innocent expression turns off the viewer’s defense mechanisms and one is confronted even more strongly with topics such as death, exorcism and murder.

Creating a diorama is a  time consuming process. Behind each scene is up to six months of meticulous tinkering and experimentation to figure out which techniques are suitable for the current scene. Everything about the dioramas is made by hand. 

In the first series, she takes inspiration from the Victorian era. In the next cycle of dioramas, Eiring is making scenes based on her own background in the north, still with the same dark undertones.

She has provided miniature works for a music video for Stian Carstensen under the direction of Dave McKean. In 2016, she studied drawing at the Art Students’ League in New York.

Bad Mice – Ak; den, der var liden som en Mus!” , Galleri Grette, 2021, is her first solo exhibition.


Ingvild Eiring by Sander Steins