My work is about space and presence. Working in an abstract language, I am interested in the dynamic contrasts between the main subjects of existence: nature and the human being. Exploring various materials and techniques in two- and three-dimensional formats, the work alternates between fragile and quiet phrases, and more powerful and explosive ones. Opposing intensities emerge from the calm and subtlety of light when met with the impassable and deep silence of the dark. Overall, my process aims to grasp a moment and to elicit a sensation that opens up the possibility for poetry and personal, human experience.
Variations and repetition of forms are important to my work, but I have found the space to explore organic structures through more improvised, immediate, and gestural expressions. Both directions lead to an examination of varying energies, intensities, substances, layers, and transparencies. Recent paintings on paper were made primarily with ink and watercolor, where nuanced surfaces and certain actions prompted shaping some of them into three-dimensional objects and installations. Sculptures made from several, often found materials, vary between the fragile and the more solid. Tangibles such as textile and cardboard versus wood or pieces of marble are chosen for their tactility. Each individual piece is a crucial aspect in a composition as much for its physical qualities as for the relationship in and between it and others.
Margrethe Aanestad (b. Stavanger, Norway, 1974) lives and works in Stavanger and New York. She is one of the founders and directors of Prosjektrom Normanns. Aanestad studied fine arts at the Rogaland Art College and holds a BA from the University of Stavanger in Arts & Cultural Management (2000). Solo exhibitions include: Torrance Shipman Gallery, NY, curated by Meaghan Kent (2015); Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL (2015); Open Source Gallery, NY (2013). Selected group&duo exhibitions; Kulturøya, Stavanger, Norway, curated by Monika Wührer (2017); Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL, curated by Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and Frances Trombly (2016); Another Space, Copenhagen (2014); Interno4, Bologna, Italy (2013); Galería Des Pacio de la Cruz, San Jose, Costa Rica, curated by Omar Lopez Chahoud (2013); ISCP, New York, curated by Nick Kline and Monika Wuhrer (2012). Aanestad has participated at Art Untitled art fair in Miami and San Francisco (2012/14/15/17/18). Commissioned permanent installations include University of Stavanger, Norway (2016); British Petroleum, Norway (2016); Stavanger Municipality (2012/2016). Her work is included in private collections in Lima, Peru; Toronto, Canada; New York, NY; Miami, FL; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR and Stavanger, Norway. She is co-founder and co-owner of the creative working space ELEFANT in Stavanger, where she has her studio. Future projects include Kunsthall Stavanger (2018); Abingdon Studios (Blackpool) (2018); Interface gallery; San Francisco (2019). Since 2001, she has worked independently to initiate, produce, and curate many projects at the art scene in Stavanger, where she currently is also an educator and serves on the Advisory Board of Kunsthall Stavanger.