Mari Norddahl (b. 1990) works with soft objects and movement through performance, sculpture and installation. Her interest lies in shapes and themes that follow an organic aesthetic and have a similarity to the corporal, on how we perceive the object in relation to the body - with an emphasis on the object's existence as an autonomous entity. By the use of performing objects, she seeks to understand the thing's perception of the world, if it has its own awareness, or if such a concept merely a projection.


Lives and works in Bergen, Norway

Contact: mari.norddahl@gmail.com
Instagram: @marinorddahl
Tumblr: theseareafewthingsilike





EDUCATION

2015 - 2017
Faculty for Art, Music and Design, UiB, Master in Fine Arts
2012 - 2015
Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bachelor in Fine Arts
2014
Glasgow School of Art, Sculpture and Environmental Art, on exchange
2010 - 2012
Kunstskolen i Bergen (Bergen Art School)
2006 - 2009
Volda Vidaregåande Skule (High School)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Snakes, Seals and Stones, Visningsrommet USF, Bergen 

2018
Will you remember this? Galleri Kronborg, Bergen

2014 
HUDA, Galleri Blunk, Trondheim

2013
what I am, Galleri Bokboden, Bergen

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
Recordare, Volda Kyrkje
Tidsreisende, Arendal Kunstforening

2019
No night for this day, SÍM Galleri, Reykjavik, Iceland
Summer exhibition, KD Gallery, Bergen

2018
No Island II, Vadsø Kunstforening, Norway
No Island, Artists' Union Gallery, Arkhangelsk, Russia

2017
Søndre Green AiR-presentation, Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen
LEKAM, HardingArt, Utne
triage, MFA Graduate exhibition, Bergen Kunsthall

2016
Munkehagen Gratisfestival, Stavanger, Norway
Skylle, Samle, Kverne, Slipe, Velsvik, Norway
Bokboden Sculpture Park, Bergen,
RIFT, MFA1 End of Year Exhibition, Bergen Kjøtt

2015
The Creation of Pink Energy, Galleri Fisk, Bergen
Clay-Sculpture-And-Bread-Community, Agalaus, Voss
Om tiden vil, og været tillater, BFA Graduate exhibition, Kunst og designhøgskolen i Bergen

2014 
Dynamiske Konstanter, Gamle Arne Fabrikker, Ytre-Arna
THE WEARABLE ART SHOW, Kreuzberg Pavillion/Knipsu, Bergen
Clay-Sculpture-And-Bread-Community, Galleri Bokboden, Bergen,
Behind these walls lies the entire earth, Skostredet, Bergen


PERFORMANCES

2020
Fluctuation, PAB Open Session, Oseana Kunst og kulturhus
Unplanned, PAB/PAO Performance Camp, Finse, Norway
On The Way, nomadic performance actions across Northern Ireland (Newry, L.Derry)

2019
PAB Open Session, Among The Trees, Blåmansvannet, Bergen
Det ugyldne snitt, The Storyspace/Historierommet, USF Verftet, Bergen
PAB Open Session, Spring Equinox, Mon Plaisir, Bergen

2018
Carrot, PAB Lokal/Familiedag på USF, Bergen
Wavy Lines, Soft Snakes, No Island, Vadsø Kunstforening
PAB Open Session: Transportation, Nygårdsparken, Bergen
Take a Limb, workshop/performance, CS55, Bergen
THROUGH SHAPELESS SOUNDS AND BODIES, B-Open 2018, Bergen

2017
PAB Open Session, Bokboden, Bergen
Ruler, Creator, Destroyer, PAB OPEN Performance Festival, Bergen
Body as Sculpture, LEKAM, HardingArt, Utne

2016
Carrot, KHiB Open Academy 2016
The Mirror Stage, HOT BLEND/Prøverommet, USF Verftet, Bergen
Hanging Piece II, After School Special, Landmark, Bergen
Hanging Piece I, SuperMatrixXXX, Hulen, Bergen

2015
I will interact with something very large or very heavy, PAB OPEN, Bergen Old County Jail
Do I really owe you any explanations?, Landmark, Bergen
HUDA, performance, Cirka Magazine Launch, Oslo

2014 
HUDA, performance, Galleri Bokboden, Bergen

RESIDENCIES

2021
ArtsIceland, Isafjördur, Iceland
Leveld Kunstnartun, Ål i Hallingdal, Norway

2019
SÍM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland

2018
Artist in Residence, Gjesteatelieret i Vadsø/Vadsø Guest studio, Finnmark, Norway

2017
Soft Galleri/Norwegian Textile Artists’ Artist in Residence at Søndre Green Gård, Krødsherad, Norway


GRANTS

2020
Kulturstipend, Bergen Kommune

2019
International travel grant, Bergen Kommune
Work grant, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond

2018
Support for shipping, Norwegian Crafts (No Island, Arkhangelsk)
Travel grant, Norske Kunsthåndverkere (No Island, Arkhangelsk)
Exhibition grant, Bergen Kommune (Snakes, Seals and Stones)

2017
Establishing grant, Bergen Kommune
Diversestipend for nyutdannede, the Norwegian Art Council

2012
Trafo.no, project grant




Mark

TIDA OPNAR SEG


Seven cotton sculptures with embroidered letters. A combination of text and object made for ‘Recordare’, an art exhibition and concert in Volda Kyrkje. The church as a historic building and institution, accommodates time, rituals and is a place to visit during the great rites of life. 

The embroidered texts are about time, human relationships and memories, and their form serve as an object for contemplation for the audience along the church pews. As a series they are visually more muted than my previous sculptures, as they were made to respond to the particular interior of the church. Due to Corona virus lockdown the event was cancelled and rescheduled for autumn 2020.







WHEN YOU HEAR IT, IT SPEAKS SLOWLY, TELLING YOU IT’S OKAY


SÍM Residency, Reykjavík, Iceland

2019

This project picks up the thread from previous projects conceived in Finnmark and Bergen, working with objects in landscapes, as a performative action, and as a research project.

In recent years I have traveled closely with my sculptures, often carrying them in my arms instead of stuffing them in a suitcase. This means being forced to consider them every step of the way. Time spent with the objects is important, as well as bringing them out of the ‘comfort’ of the white cube.

I arrived in Iceland wanting to create new objects. We could explore new landscapes together and share new experiences while getting to know each other better. But unexpected feelings arose. Visiting my mother's home country alone and for the first time in many years, I found myself lodged in-between being a tourist, an artist and my identity as part Icelandic. I could understand the language, but not form sentences of my own. I blended in with masses of tourists, hurrying through to the next awe-inspiring site. As a performance artist I am used to drawing attention to myself, but this time I felt odd, displaced as I carried my brightly coloured friends from the city scape to the mossy landscapes.

As I worked with the objects, visiting sites, hiking, or simply just by holding them in my hands, I felt as though I slowly landed. We watched the sunset one evening when I thought about the uncertainty of finally arriving somewhere you have dreamed of for so long, and how we needed to embrace this uncertainty instead of fearing to be ignorant.

In a time of confusion it is good to have a friend, after all.





Writing one scentence a day, in response to a daily forecast from the astrology-app Co-Star (a work still in process)




Presentation of the work in No Night for this Day
SÍM Galleri, Reykjavik, Iceland, July 2019



Snakes, Seals and Stones


Visningsrommet USF, 10-19.05.19

Sculptures and installations in various materials: textile, copper, steel, rice, polyester filling and pool noodles.


It turned out just the way she had envisioned. The shapes are open and the materials are soft. Yet a touch of doubt lingers. Was this what the fabric wanted to become? Was this the shape the fibers should be pushed into? As the creator one tries to keep control over the objects, but has to admit that this is an impossible task. The matter squirms away from rigid urges to be defined, and through the eye of the viewer transforms into something new every time it's encountered.

It's natural to ask what this is, this thing we are looking at, but there is no right or wrong answer. It's not always easy to know if one should pick the work apart, slowly and meticulously, to try to explain it all with big words and connections.

Try to forget the original thought, and keep in mind that there is not just one conventional understanding of what a shape can be. That the objects are first completed by memory – but sometimes they are just things in themselves. They sit there, minding their own business, before being interrupted and packed away.

Snakes, Seals and Stones is the result of two years in the studio for recent graduates at Kunstnerverksteder CS55 (2017-2019).



With support from Bergen Kommune




Photos: Andreas Dyrdal



Overview - Room I


Komposisjon nr 1

2018
Stretch velour, printed polyester, printed furniture velour, tufted cotton mat, metallic polyester knit, poly-fill




Transitional object nr 1

2016
Faux fur, poly-fill, fishing line




Wavy Lines

2018
Wet-look polyester spandex, poly-fill



Overview - Room I


Snakes, Seals and Stones

2019
Faux fur, printed faux suede, rice, poly-fill




Folded Lines 1-3

2018
Metallic polyester lamé, printed polyester, sportstretch lycra honey, poly-fill, steel nails




Lycra Honey Knot

2018
Sportstretch lycra honey, pool noodle



Wavy Lines, Soft Metals

2019
Wet-look polyester spandex, poly-fill, chromed copper, rice



Fat Snake

2019
Printed polyester jersey, cotton interfacing, metallic polyester knit, poly-fill



Mimicking the cozy

2018
Faux fur, rice, chromed copper



Seal Knots

2018
Printed faux suede, poly-fill



Optimistic object on fat pillow

2019
Marble-printed velour, faux fur, floor pillow, poly-fill



Overview - Room I


Soft Snakes I

2019
Faux fur, metallic polyester lamé, rice, poly-fill



Soft Snakes II

2019
Faux fur, metallic polyester lamé, rice, poly-fill



Moss

2017
Multicoloured velour, poly-fill, steel



One Line, Crossing

2019
Printed polyester, cotton interfacing, metallic polyester knit, poly-fill



Overview - Room I


Overview - Room II


Reclining Stone

2019
Digital print on velour, velvet, poly-fill 



Marble Knots

2019
Marble-printed velour, poly-fill



One line, moving slowly from one end to the other

2018
Polyester thread on bleached cotton



It Waits for Time to Slowly Crumble

2019
Printed faux suede, marble-printed velour, lycra honey sportsstrech, poly-fill, polyester wadding



Soft Metals

2018
Steel, metallic polyester lamé, poly-fill



Soft Metals

2019
Chromed copper, lycra honey sportstretch, poly-fill



Overview - Room II


Komposisjon nr 4

2019
Printed polyester, sequined fabric, faux fur, digital print on faux suede, metallic polyester knit, poly-fill, polyester wadding



Komposisjon nr 6 (Wavy Lines)

2019
Wet-look polyester spandex, poly-fill, chromed copper, marble-printed velour



Folded line 4

2018
metallic print on polyester,, cotton interfacing, polyfill, steel nails



Soft Line 1

2018
Faux fur, polyester thread



Wavy Lines

2019
Printed cotton, wet-look polyester spandex, lycra honey sportstretch, polyfill




Overview - Room II


Folded line 5-6

2018
Printed polyester, metallic polyester knit, cotton interfacing, poly-fill, steel nails





Ophidian

2018
metallic print on polyeste r, poly-fill

Phocoidea

2019
faux fur, poly-fill





Snake Knot 

2018
Printed polyester, cotton interfacing, polyfill



Overview - Room II


Seal

2018
Minky fleece, poly-fill



WAVY LINES


Photo series
a study of objects in landscape

An exploration of contrast, between raw nature and a playful placement of unusual objects. The landscape is found between the Varangerfjord and the vast mountain plateaus of Finnmark. The time of year allows for warm, colourful sunsets, as it moves from the midnight sun to the dark times of the Arctic winter. This project is a part of a larger search, for a deeper understanding of these long, squirming objects.


Gjesteatelieret i Vadsø, 2018