I am interested in art which is placed into - or is a part of - a context, and which can be experienced on many levels, not just through the intellect and thoughts. This is why working in the public space has interested me so much. Producing a story - my own selected parts set in relation to the site specific - has been the driving force of large parts of my production.
Marit Benthe Norheim, b. 1960 i Norway, living in Denmark, since 1996.
Marit Benthe Norheim was born 1960 in Norway, and now lives in Denmark.
She studied at the Norwegian State Art Academy, Bergen, Norway, a Travelling Art cademy, throughout Europe including 5 months in Italy, and The Royal Academy of Art (MA), London. This led to her living and working in London from 1984 until 1995.
Benthe has given many group and solo shows, and has undertaken several large public commissions in Norway, Denmark, England Sweden, Iceland and Greenland.
Her work is held in the Public Collections of a.o. the Norwegian Contemporary Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Norway and the New Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark.
She has been lecturing at a number of Art Colleges, including Royal Academy of Art and Central Saint Martin School of Art, London.
Some of her large public sculptures include local community involvement, and two of them use themes from the female figures of Henrik Ibsen’s writings. The first one is “Woman of the sea” at the harbor of Sæby, Denmark. The last one is the “Rat Virgin” from “Little Eyolf” a 7m. tall sculpture covered in a mosaic of porcelain eyes, made by 2300 children in Skien, for the Ibsen Anniversary 2006.
Leading up to Life-boats were her project “Campingwomen” for the European Capital of Culture, Stavanger 2008, Norway.
She has been preoccupied with the way popular, familiar symbols open up access to the irrational, and has herefore used a.o. angels or galleon figures. When combining these with a less accessible form of artistic expression, the contrasts often produce a fruitful result.
RECIPIENT OF JYLLANDSPOSTEN AND POLITIKKENS TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP 2012
ANNA KLINDT SØRENSENS HONORARY AWARD
21st of January 2011, Marit Benthe Norheim received The Anna Klindt Sørensens Honorary Award
The award is given as recognition of artistical achievement. The prize is granted once a year.
SPAR NORDS CULTURE PRIZE - HJØRRING MUNICIPALITY
24th January 2011 Marit Benthe Norheim received Spar Nords Culture prize from Hjørring municipality
The prize is awarded to an artist, a group of artists or to the authors behind cultural initiatives in Hjørring Municipality. To be eligible for consideration for the award, the candidate must meet one or more of the criteria of quality, profiling of Hjørring Municipality, new talent, unassuming manner or fine art.
MARIE OG VICTOR HAAGEN MÛLLERS FOND
30th April 2009, Marit Benthe Norheim received an award from Marie og Vicor Haagen Müllers Fondation
"It struck me immediately that here was a girl with exceptional abilities, raw natural power, artistic courage and strength in the exploitation of her favorite material concrete."
Gerda Thune Andersen