Merete Joelsen Aune (b. 1984) lives in Oslo, Norway, working in drawing, painting, printmaking and writing. 

Inspired by an eclectic interest in the natural sciences, her poetic imagery and texts reflect a surreal view of nature and consciousness. Intimate inner worlds are viewed via the lens of astronomy in meticulously drawn celestial spheres or in delicate watercolors resembling remote nebulae; sites of death, birth, decay and growth. 

Aune holds an MFA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2014) along with a bachelor in art history from the University of Bergen (2007). Her works has been shown at Østlandsutstillingen 2019, Kunstforeningen Verdens ende, Norway; AVTRYKK, Hå gamle prestegaard, Norway; The Norway Focus Section at Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, Moscow, Russia; The Drawing Biennial 2016 SKISSEN, Tegnerforbundet, Norway and Mazes, Nebulae, Sedimentations, House of Foundation, Norway. 



2012 – 2014   Master of Fine Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, (NO)


2009 – 2012   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, (NO)


2007 – 2008   One-year programme in Art and Design, Oslo University College, (NO)


2004 – 2007   Bachelor of Art History and Media Studies, University of Bergen, (NO)





The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists (Norske Billedkunstnere)

The Norwegian Drawing Association (Tegnerforbundet) 


Young Artists' Society (Unge Kunstneres Samfund)

Selected exhibitions

2019   Novemberutstillingen, Drammen Museum (NO) 

2019   GIFC & Velvet Ropes, Galleri Golsa (NO)

2019   Østlandsutstillingen, Kunstforeningen Verdens ende (NO)


2018   Novemberutstillingen, Drammen Museum (NO)


2018   SHKS 200 Years Anniversary, Alumni Exhibition (NO)


2018   GIFC, Galleri Golsa (NO)


2018   San Francisco Art Book Fair, San Francisco (US)



2017   Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen Kunsthall & Landmark (NO)


2017   Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, The Norway Focus Section,  Moscow (RU)


2017   Concerning the Spiritual in Art, with Locus, The Norwegian Institute Athens (GR)


2017   Print Matters, Gallery Norske Grafikere, Oslo (NO)


2017   Mazes, Nebulae, Sedimentations, with Monica Flakk and Kjersti Lande, House of Foundation, Moss (NO)


2016   En kollektiv psykogeografisk guide til Oslo, The Drawing Biennial 2016, Oslo (NO)


2016   The Drawing Biennial SKISSEN, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo (NO)


2016   Art in Case, Helsinki-Malmin lentoasema (Koppling konst), Helsinki (FI)


2016   Zodiac, LYNX, Oslo (NO)


2016   Platons huskestue, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo (NO)


2014   The Intimate Sufferings of a Musician, Window Box, Pushwagner Gallery, Oslo (NO)

2014   Knock Knock, The Association of Norwegian Sculptors, Oslo (NO)


2014   MA Degree Show, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo (NO)

2014   Reading Time (I Got Up at 06.42 AM, Said the Sculptress to the Sea), Galleri BOA, Oslo (NO)


2013   En kollektiv kraftanstrengelse for tapte saker, Podium, Oslo (NO)


2013   It's a Girl, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm (NO)


2012   BA Degree Show, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo (NO)


2011   Untitled Conversations, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo (NO)




Selected books

2017   I Have Seen How the Universe Swallows, Artist's book


2014   Du må ikke forveksle reservehjulet med fuglen, Artist's book

2011   Hva tenker du på? spurte fuglen […], Artist's book



Selected publications

2018   Untitled poetic text published in OSLO PILOT (2015-2017) - a project investigating the role of art in and for 

           the public space- laying the groundwork for Oslo Biennial First Edition, 2018. Ed.: Eva González-Sancho                 and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, Mousse Publishing


2017   Untitled poem published in The Inklings #1. Ed.: Ragna Misvær Grønstad

2017   Cold Current: Contemporary Artists from Norway, Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection


2016   SKISSEN, Catalog, The Drawing Biennial 2016. Ed.: Elise Storsveen


2015   Untitled poem published in Bøygen #1 (2015)


2015   Untitled poem published in ETTER #3

2014   Teksten siterer "et visst kinesisk leksikon" hvor det heter […], Catalog, MFA Graduation Exhibition


2012   Catalog, BFA Graduation Exhibition


Artist talks + lectures

2016   Artist talk + drawing workshop, Oslo National Academy of the Arts


2016   Guest Lecturer, Oslo National Academy of the Arts




Artist Interview No. 41, 2019; Merete Joelsen Aune by Østlandsutstillingen

Numer No. 107, issue 01, 2016;  Hurlumhei og andre ettertraktede tilstander by Anne Karin Jortveit

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