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.