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Collection: Donkey Margrete Reiten

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 this
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 for in my work is moments of deep connection, moments
that resonates 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. In search of 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 Jutland, 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.”
"I have a deep fascination for how everything is connected, from cells and "systems",
nerve fibers and organs inside the body of what is found in nature; inside the forest, in the sea
and along beaches in particular. I experience everything as connected, or at least it is
a state I seek, a non-dualism. At times also a magical realism. The freedom
it lies in creating the world in his image, is something I value. To be able to allow everyone
compositions, in colours, surfaces and shapes, from the most fluid and abstract to
desired symbols and motifs'.