Merete Joelsen Aune (b. 1984, Norway) works with drawing, painting, printmaking and poetry. Inspired by a complementary interest in natural science and psychoanalysis, her imagery and texts initiate and explore a symbolic synthesis of nature and consciousness. Interior worlds are observed via the lens of astronomy in meticulously drawn celestial spheres or in watercolor surveys resembling remote nebulae and supernovae; sites of birth, death, growth and decay. Her ongoing project, Journal, borrows from John Herschel's observations of astronomical objects made in 1834-38, to envision a poetic record of her own inner phenomena. 


Aune holds a BFA and an MFA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, in addition to a bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of Bergen. Her work has previously been shown at venues including Drammen Museum; Kunstforeningen Verdens ende, Tjøme; Cosmoscow, Moscow; Norske Grafikere, Oslo and Tegnerforbundet, Oslo. 



 

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            Forbi fuglene, Artist's book

 

 


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


2018            Untitled poetic text published in OSLO PILOT (2015-2017), 2018.

                    Ed.: Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, Mousse Publishing

 

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


                    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)

 

                    Untitled poem published in ETTER #3


2014            Catalog, MFA Graduation Exhibition

 

2012            Catalog, BFA Graduation Exhibition




ARTIST TALKS AND LECTURES


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

 

                    Guest Lecturer, Oslo National Academy of the Arts

 



MEMBERSHIPS


The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists (Norske Billedkunstnere)


The Norwegian Drawing Association (Tegnerforbundet) 

 

Young Artists' Society (Unge Kunstneres Samfund)



 

PRESS


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


EDUCATION 


2012 –14     Master of Fine Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts                                                                 

 

2009 –12     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts                                                                

 

2007 –08     Art and Design, Oslo University College                                                   

 

2004 –07     Bachelor of Art History, University of Bergen                                                    

 



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


2019            Novemberutstillingen, Drammen Museum                                                                                        


                    GIFC & Velvet Ropes, Galleri Golsa                                                                                               


                    Østlandsutstillingen, Kunstforeningen Verdens ende

 

2018            Novemberutstillingen, Drammen Museum 

 

                    SHKS 200 Years Anniversary, Alumni Exhibition

 

                    GIFC, Galleri Golsa

 

                    San Francisco Art Book Fair, San Francisco

 

                    AVTRYKK,  Hå Gamle Prestegard 


2017            Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen Kunsthall & Landmark

 

                    Cosmoscow, Moscow

 

                    Concerning the Spiritual in Art, The Norwegian Institute, Athens

 

                    Print Matters, Gallery Norske Grafikere, Oslo

 

                    Mazes, Nebulae, Sedimentations, House of Foundation, Moss

                    with Monica Flakk and Kjersti Lande

 

2016            En kollektiv psykogeografisk guide til Oslo, Oslo                            

 

                    The Drawing Biennial SKISSEN, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo 

 

                    Art in Case, Helsinki-Malmin lentoasema, Helsinki

 

                    Zodiac, LYNX, Oslo

 

                    Platons huskestue, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo

 

2014            The Intimate Sufferings of a Musician, Window Box, Pushwagner Gallery, Oslo 


                    Knock Knock, The Association of Norwegian Sculptors, Oslo

 

                    MA Degree Show, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo


                    Reading Time, BOA, Oslo  

 

2013            En kollektiv kraftanstrengelse for tapte saker, Podium, Oslo

 

                    It's a Girl, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm

 

2012            BA Degree Show, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo

 

2011            Untitled Conversations, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo




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