Mæhlum, Ellen Karin
Graphic Art / Printmaking
The motives in my works are mainly based on photos from hikes, fieldwork and research expeditions I have participated in on Svalbard (in the Arctic) since 2001. Each project consists of works grouped around a theme, a format and a graphical technique. A common thread in the different series is a strong interest in nature and an exploratory approach to graphic’s technical aspects. In my work I try to interpret impressions and observations derived from the interaction between art, science and nature. My intention is to arouse wonder and reflect on our understanding and perception of nature and how we relate.
Member of NBK, NG, BIT
Planned projects and exhibitions
2018 Solo exhibition at Kunstverket Galleri, Oslo. Gallery of Svalbard, Longyearbyen. Artica Svalbard / The Queen Sonja Print Award- Artist Residency i Longyearbyen. 2016 – 2019 HADES, in collaboration with a Professor at GEO Physics of Geological processes, UiO. 2018 Plankton Portraits, exhibition and workshops at The Færder National Park visitor centre.
2008/09 Royal Institute of Art (RIA), Stockholm, Sweden. 1992/94 Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO), M.A. 1991/92 Oslo University College, Education. 1979/84 Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB).
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
(2017) 6th Guanlan International Print Biennial, China Printmaking Museum, Shenzhen. Seljord Sommerutstilling, Seljord. Telemarks-utstillingen 50 år, Ibsenhuset, Skien. Queen Sonja Kunststall, Opening Exhibition, Oslo. International Print Triennial – Krakow – Falun, Dalarnas Museum, Sweden. (2016) 1th Xuyuan International Print Biennial, Beijing, China. Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen Denmark. Grafikk 2016, Kunstverket, Oslo. 2016 /15/12/99/ 96/90/89/87/86 Statens Høstutstilling, (Autumn Exhibition) Kunstnernes hus, Oslo. (2015) MTG, International Print Triennial – Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow, Poland. 5th Guanlan International Print Biennial, China Printmaking Museum, Shenzhen, China. GraN 2015- Nordisk grafikk, Akureyri Art Museum, Iceland. Sørlands-utstillingen SKAP – LAND SKAP, Bomulds-fabriken Kunsthall, Arendal. Telemarksutstillingen, Ibsenhuset, Skien. BIECTR, The 9th Biennale internationale d’estampe, Québec, Canada. (2014) National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, UK. Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo. Norges Bank, konkurranseforslagene til nye pengesedler, Grafill, Oslo. 7th Douro Biennial 2014, Portugal. 2014 – 2016 The traveling exhibition 8th BIECTR selection, Québec, Canada (2013) Impact8, Border and Crossings: the artist as explorer. Dundee, Scotland. Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers Annual Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, UK. BIECTR, The 8th Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois- Rivières, Canada. Where is printmaking? In search of new meanings, The Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole, Poland. Kunstnerforeningen, Rådhusgalleriet, Oslo. (2012) RE OPEN 2012, Bankside Gallery, London UK. MTG- International Print Triennial 2012. Krakow, Polen. (2011) “Rolling Up”, Art Museum of Xi´an, Xi´an China. Kunstnerforeningen 100 år, Rådhusgalleriet, Oslo. (2010) Summer Exhibition, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
(2017) Bølgen Kulturhus, Larvik Kunstforening, Larvik. (2016) SPENNVIDDE, Summer Exhibition Røros Museum, Røros. (2014) OBSERVED – 79°N, Norwegian Printmakers, Oslo. Gallery Henrik Gerner, Moss. (2010) PLANKTON PORTRAITS, Gallery of Norwegian Printmakers, Oslo. IPY International Polar Conference, Lillestrøm. (2009) Ibsenhuset, Skien Kunstforening. Münsterlandfestival pART5, Germany (2008) 33 IGC, International Geological Congress, Lillestrøm. (2007) Gallery of the Icelandic Printmakers, Reykjavik, Iceland. (2006) GEOPRINT, Galleri Norske Grafikere, Oslo. (2005) Instituto de Artes Gràficas de Oaxaca, Mexico. Peder Balke senter, Norway. (2003) ECHO, Gallery Brandstrup, Stavanger. Gallery 27, Oslo.
WORK ACQUIRED BY THE FOLLOWING INSTITUTIONS
National Gallery, Oslo. Norwegian National Touring Exhibitions Collection. Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo. The Norwegian Embassy and Consulates in several countries. Porsgrunn Borough Council. Telemark Central Hospital, Porsgrunn. Klosterskogen Senior School, Porsgrunn. Ministry of Health, Oslo. Ministry of Justice, Oslo. Ministry of Finance, Oslo. Ministry of Culture, Oslo. Ministry of Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Oslo. University of Oslo (UiO). University of Bergen (UiB). St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim. REC, Renewable Energie, Sandvika. Norwegian Mining Museum, Kongsberg. Statoil. Skien Town Hall. Art on Work (Kunst på arbeidsplassen).
College of Business Studies (BI), Skien and Oslo. Thorenfeldt Arkitekter AS. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) . KLP Group, Oslo. NVE, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate.
(2015) The National State Exhibition (Høstutstilling), Norwegian Printmakers Fund´s Printmaker Prize. MTG, International Print Triennial – Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow, Poland, Honorable Mention. The 9th Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois Rivièrer, BIECTR), Honorable Mention. Telemarksutstillingen, Ibsenhuset, Jury`s Travel grant. (2014) National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery London Hawton Prize. Prequalified in the competition: Norway´s new banknote series VIII, The Ocean. (2013) The 8th Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières (BIECTR), Canada, Honorable Mention. (2012) RE-OPEN 2012, The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London, UK. Guest Membership Award (2005) Statens Garantiinntekt for kunstnere. (1999?) SHKS Anniversary prize, Arild Wahlströms Fond. Several grants from 1988- 2017.
MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS
Norwegian Visual Artists (NBK). Association of Norwegian Printmakers (NG). Telemark Art Sosciety (BIT). Associate member of Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (ARE) 2012/2013.