(Born in 1972. Norway)
Cloud 9, 2019
Fines Terrae, 2018
Folly Map (Harlequin), 2020
Marianne Morild paints self-contained landscapes with surroundings that are unknown and undescribed. Her work is informed by various kinds of maps, baroque maps or contemporary seismic maps used for oil exploration. “They share a view of the world which is bright, but where there is an element of the unknown, we don't know what we will find, where to find it, and what will be the implications of finding something.” The work raises questions about what we consider of value on our planet, what things we decide to explore, preserve, exploit.
It can also be interpreted as fragments of suspended landscapes, “torn” from their ground and which can here be contemplated from a mezzanine.
In Down to Earth Bruno Latour discusses the notion of living ;“offshore,” above the ground. This is a metaphor to say that we (moderns / inhabitants of the Global) have lived outside of the planetary boundaries, so disconnected from the reality of what the Earth can afford that it is as if we were suspended, in a plane, which did not have anywhere to land. How to go “down
to Earth”? The work by Marianne Morild offers the perfect way to create this tension between the planet GLOBALIZATION
and the planet TERRESTRIAL. It depicts landscapes that are floating, isolated, offshore.
Supported by Bergen City Council, Norway, and Office of Contemporary Art, Norway