Åsne Margrete Reiten studied at the Academy of Art in Bergen (VKA). She has consistently exhibited her work since her first solo exhibition at Telemark Kunstsenter, Norway in 2001. Born in Skien, Åsne Margrete grew up in the countryside of Ulefoss. Here, she developed a passion for painting at a young age, often finding solace in art during her frequent absences from school due to childhood asthma and eczema. Starting with watercolours, she captured the beauty inside her home and out in the picturesque landscapes surrounding Holla farm and the remnants of the ancient Holla church. Early in her artistic journey, she was drawn to motifs such as the contrasting yellows of cultivated lands against the blues of the mountains and sky. «What I am searching in my work is moments of deep connection, moments that resonate with something inside of me, on the canvas. I am looking for harmony and reason for living behind the dynamic of good and bad, happiness and sorrow, love and death. I search for a calmer world, a paradise, places to live and breathe and just be» Her travels to France, Egypt and Crete proved pivotal, providing abundant inspiration. Several projects emerged from the experiences and insights gained during these journeys.
As of October 2023, Åsne Margrete is residing in Jylland, Denmark and by the coast Helgeroa in Norway for an extended period, seeking fresh inspiration and creating new artwork. Her work during this stay is inspired by the words of the American poet, Robert Frost: “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” «Jeg har en dyp fasinasjon for hvordan alt henger sammen, fra celler og «systemer», nervetråder og organer inni kroppen til det som finnes i naturen; inni skogen, i havet og langs strender i særdeleshet. Jeg opplever alt som forbundet, eller i alle fall er det en tilstand jeg søker, en non-dualisme. Til tider også en magisk realisme. Friheten det ligger i å skape verden i sitt bilde, er noe jeg verdsetter. Å kunne tillate alle sammensetninger, i farger, flater og former, fra det mest utflytende og abstrakte til ønskede symboler og motiver».
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