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Marthe Elise Stramrud

22.10.2022 - 15.01.2023
​TKM Gråmølna


Marthe Elise Stramrud challenges the possibilities of the material in her work. Stramrud's art has revolved around everyday objects and familiar things, with a twist. In recent years, ceramics have gained a large place where she explores the form, material and function of the utility object. She picks patterns and colors from household objects, from kitchens and bathroom curtains, and borrows freely from, among other things, pop art's multicolored prints.

Stramrud is an established name in Norwegian contemporary art, with critically acclaimed exhibitions and public art, but this is her first solo exhibition in Trondheim. A series of new ceramic sculptures on an almost impossible scale will be shown this autumn at TKM Gråmølna. Like large bodies in the rooms: 1.8 tons of clay are shaped, raised upright, glazed and burned. With vibrant colors and rough brushstrokes, the sculptures become Stramrud's canvases. In a peculiar play of form and material, she shows, hides and shifts focus, and a tension arises, a new dialogue between surface and depth, between the two- and three-dimensional, between figuration and abstraction, between then and now.

Marthe Elise Stramrud

(b. 1984) lives and works in Oslo. 

She has an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo and a BFA from the Bergen National Academy of the Arts in 2011. Stramrud works in the frontiers of the possibilities of ceramics in bright colors with a moody and almost naïve expression. Motifs such as flowers show distinctions from the multicolored prints of pop art, objects for kitchens, and bathrooms that point to a feminist tradition focusing on the use of the intimate sphere. Some issues she worked on in the photographic medium have continued in the ceramic material with photography. A dialogue occurs between surface and depth, between two and three dimensions, between image and object of use.

Stramrud has taken part in several solo and group exhibitions and carried out two major decoration projects. Her work has been purchased for several private and public collections, including the National Museum, KODE Kunstmuseene i Bergen, SKMU, Sørlandet's Kunstmuseum, KORO Kunst i Offentlig Rom, Oslo municipality's art collection and Kunst på arbeidsplassen. Stramrud has been awarded several scholarships and awards for her work. She has recently published the critically acclaimed book "Ceramic Factual Enlightenment" (2021), which contains a reinterpretation of the Tangen collection limitations, presenting an alternative collection of 76 female artists with factual insights printed in ceramics.

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