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

2021
Sommaljom, Ørsta

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

2021
BKFH Salong, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen

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 / PROJECTS

2021
Leveld Kunstnartun, Ål i Hallingdal, Norway
Kunstmøter i Barnehagene: “Venner”

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.







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



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➰         Wavy

➰              Lines

➰                                               Soft

➰                                       Snakes



Installation
Dimensions variable

Fake fur, duvet, metallic lamé, wet look spandex, printed poly-cotton jersey,
sportstretch lycra, polyester thread on cotton, pool noodle, polyester filling.

No Island II, Vadsø Kunstforening, 6.-27.09.18

Part of the exhibition series Time Travelers / Tidsreisende







Performance on the opening night: 



DOES IT SEE WHAT YOU SEE? DOES IT FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL?


Interactive installation
Textile, fake fur, mirrors, wooden pedestals
Dimensions variable

Part of the exhibition No Island at Arkhangelsk Artist Union gallery in Arkhangelsk, Russia, 06.04.18-29.04.18

The audience is invited to touch and hold the soft sculptures, before returning them again to rest on their furry pedestals. A mirror is placed near the pedestals, so the audience can view the reflection of their interaction, and ask themselves: Does the sculptures have their own personality, or do they maybe revoke a certain memory in you as a spectator?

Part of the exhibition series Time Travelers / Tidsreisende

With support from Norwegian Craft and Norske Kunsthåndverkere. 


Photo by Artyom Kelarev