Merete Joelsen Aune

Merete Joelsen Aune (born 1984, Oslo) lives and works in Oslo, Norway. She received her MFA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2014, and works with drawing, painting, printmaking and poetry etc.

Inspired by a complementary interest in natural science and psychoanalysis, her imagery and texts 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 most recent work Journal, borrows from John Herschel's astronomical observations made in 1834-38, to create a poetic record of her own inner phenomena. 

Aune recently took part in exhibitions at Drammen Museum (NO), Kunstforeningen Verdens Ende (NO), Cosmoscow (RU), Tegnerforbundet (NO) and House of Foundation (NO). She has published the artists’ books I Have Seen How the Universe Swallows, Du må ikke forveksle reservehjulet med fuglen, and I Am a Bird Now. 


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

2022  Sandefjord Kunstforening (upcoming)

2020  Novemberutstillingen, Drammen Museum, Drammen, NO (upcoming)

2019  Novemberutstillingen, Drammen Museum, Drammen, NO

2019  Østlandsutstillingen, Kunstforeningen Verdens ende, Tjøme, NO

2019  GIFC & Velvet Ropes, Galleri Golsa, 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

2018  AVTRYKK,  Hå Gamle Prestegard, NO

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

2017  Cosmoscow, Moscow, RU

2017  Concerning the Spiritual in Art, The Norwegian Institute, Athens, GR

2017  Print Matters, Gallery Norske Grafikere, Oslo, NO

2017  Mazes, Nebulae, Sedimentations, House of Foundation, Moss, NO

2016  En kollektiv psykogeografisk guide til Oslo, Oslo, NO                           

2016  The Drawing Biennial SKISSEN, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo, NO

2016  Art in Case, Helsinki-Malmin lentoasema, 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, 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

2016  I Have Seen How the Universe Swallows, Artist's book 

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

2011  I Am a Bird Now, Artist's book


Selected Publications

2019  Østlandsutstillingen 1979-2019, Catalogue. Ed.: Martina Kaufmann & Anne Silje Kolseth

2018  Untitled poetic text published in OSLO PILOT (2015-2017). 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, Catalogue, The Drawing Biennial 2016. Ed.: Elise Storsveen

2015  Untitled poem published in Bøygen #1

2015  Untitled poem published in ETTER #3

2014  Catalogue, MFA Graduation Exhibition

2012  Catalogue, BFA Graduation Exhibition

Artist Talks and Lectures 

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

2016  Guest Lecturer, Oslo National Academy of the Arts



The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists (Norske Billedkunstnere)

The Norwegian Drawing Association (Tegnerforbundet)

Young Artists' Society (Unge Kunstneres Samfund)


2019  Artist grant, Ingrid Lindbäck Langaards Stiftelse

2018  Travel grant, Tegnerforbundet

2016  Artist grant, Oslo Kommune

2012  Artist grant, Statens kunststipend


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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