Artist of the Month : Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen

Dec 2, 2019

Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen (1971) has been a member of Tegnerforbundet since 2005. In her artistic practice she works with drawing and painting. Wulff Andreassen's drawings are made with precision and richness of detail, regardless of whether it is minor work on paper or monumental drawings on the wall. Themes in her works are sexuality and identity, and motifs such as hair, tits, genitals and pubescent girls are recurring in the pictures. These are often made together with flowers and other plants that wrap around each other and occupy the depicted bodies and body parts.
The predominant shades of light green, pink and red contribute to the aesthetic finesse, attractiveness and seemingly innocent effect of the works. Only on closer inspection do we discover that at first glance the sweet and harmless motives turn out to be penises, vulvae, menstrual blood and ejaculations. These contradictions make the works appear beautiful and ugly at the same time, and this is where an important strength in Wulff Andreassen's art lies.

Marit Wulff Andreassen lives and works in Stavanger. More information about Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen here .

TF: Marit Victoria, can you tell us a little about your artistic work? 

MVWA: Being shy has helped make me a professional observer and is perhaps also the reason why I am a visual artist today. The distance between me and the world, which I often feel, has given me plenty of time to digest and analyze in peace, and through art I try in various ways to visualize things I find important. For example, topics I do not think are talked about enough, and emotions I do not find useful words for. I try to avoid unambiguity and be triggered by anything that evokes ambivalence. My work process is intuitive and I have to feel, both physically and mentally, that what I do is true before I let it out into the world. I work full time and overtime with art, and have done so since I graduated from the Art Academy in Bergen in 2003. 

TF: How do you use drawing in your work? Tell us a little about your work process!

MVWA: I think in pictures and think it is fantastic that with the help of something as simple as the pencil you can "print out" what you think / see. Everything I do starts with a sudden idea in the form of an inner image followed by a rather meticulous and extensive drawing process. Based on messy and curly note sketches, I make many sketches, before I finally "enter" the final result. But if I do not have stationery, I can also do quite a bit of image editing in my head as well.  


TF: What inspires you? Do you work from a theme?

MVWA: Everyday events can inspire me. The face of someone I see on the bus. Light and colors. Fragments of a conversation. Nature. The mirror in a puddle. Music, film and literature. I am concerned with and eternally fascinated by the body and bodily and psychological processes. And then there is something about nature and the way it intervenes and lives in us. The beautiful and the ugly. I keep coming back to it.


TF: What are you currently working on?  

MVWA: Right now I'm painting and am deep in the work bubble. I will have a separate exhibition at BGE in Stavanger in April next year, and it will be soon. For the exhibition, I work on new works in the techniques of painting and drawing.


TF: What does drawing mean for you / your work? 

MVWA: Drawing is the very cornerstone of my art. I have always drawn and will probably continue to do so. It feels like me.


TF: Tell us a little about your work in Tegnerforbundet's sales department!

MVWA: I have three works available in the sales department at TF. The one Tit is a lady with fine hair, penis tits and a flirtatious look. The other is entitled Fyr and is a cut-out drawing of a hair / flame-like cloud. The third work is from the series Three times three hurrahs and is a cut-out drawing of two penises that synchronously shoots out a rose-painted pattern. All three works are drawn with pen and crayon.


Available works by Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen in the online store here .