Contribution to the conference Rethinking Pragmatist Aesthetics, Wroclaw August 31 2012. By Else Marie Bukdahl

Embodied creation and perception in visual art. Theory and practice in Richard Shusterman’s Pragmatist Aesthetics illustrated by interpretations of selected works by Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley, Marit Benthe Norheim

Marit Benthe Norheim  - an artist who creates meaning, by Head of Tourism, Inger Grund Petersen, Sæby, Denmark

Throughout the project, Marit Benthe Norheim displayed a great deal of enthusiasm as a promoter of her art and also as an artist who masters the very large scale and simply grows in relation to the challenges. ”The Lady of the Sea” has become a national treasure and is a landmark which attracts many visitors.

Rolling Camping Women create new artistic experiences in the public space, from an article by Else Marie Bukdahl in Kunstmagasinet No.3, 2008, pages 26 - 30

Almost all Marit Benthe Norheim’s sculptures are modelled directly in concrete. They exude a formal simplicity, a particular sensibility and an intense expressive force. Thus they are able to communicate new aspects of the inner and outer reality.

A mobile exhibition with women, from by art critic Trond Borgen

The reason why Norheim’s Camping Women do not tip over into the banal lies in her combination of art historical references and a clear relational aspect which becomes visible both in the manner in which she has equipped the caravans internally and in the openness of the accessibility. 

Hide in your mother’s skirts  A theological view of Benthe Norheim’s sculptures  By Lars-Erich Stephansen, Parish Priest at St. Catharinæ Church, Hjørring, Denmark 

Benthe Norheim has always had a sharp eye for vulnerable and neglected people. Her personal need to protect and care is strong. It is apparent that she has experienced the security of being able to seek her mother’s skirts, and in any event there is no doubt that she has provided precisely this kind of security for her own two daughters. It is no coincidence that she has made works like “hiding in the skirt” (1995) and “H-G at home in the skirts” (1998).

Camping Women on wheels create a experience space, By Art Historian, Else Marie Bukdahl

Marit Benthe Norheim is first and foremost an artist who has, in an exemplary and contemporary manner, created an array of sculptures in the public space in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, England, Iceland and Greenland. She has managed to create unique sculptures, which establish unexpected visual dialogues with their surroundings

Marit Benthe Norheim and her new project: ”Life-boats”, by Dr. Phil. Else Marie Bukdahl, former Rector of the Danish Royal Academy of Art

In a world, where there are often contrasts between ethnic groups and nationalities, the ”Lifeboats” will create new life affirming relations between people and symbolise a desire for fellowship and respect for one another, which is always at the top of our agenda, but which has often been difficult to realise.

Strong frontal figures, by Jorunn Veiteberg

"This word of symbolism signifies the meaning in Marit Benthe Norheim’s towering female figures, mounted as they are like figureheads on Union Company’s new ”flagship”, the biological purifying plant beside the harbor basin i Skien"