Hanne Væringsaasen
Visual Artist (MA) from Norway, based in Oslo.

Artist statement:
As a visual artist, placed in a Western cultural perspective, I am often fascinated by the unconscious fragmented relationship between nature and the urban human mind. In this fascination there is also a study of unbalanced power and identity. My visual language seeks to reconcile this form of inequality through a mix of figurative and abstract expressions. My artistic expression is also influenced by the fact that my family comes from the northern parts of Norway; Lofoten and Narvik, where I have Lule Sami ancestry, which may be seen through my bold use of colour.

Keywords that form my source of inspiration: sensation, interaction, longing, reflection, kinship, takeover and invasion. 

Many of my artworks absorb these keywords and connotations around the idea that one does not necessarily have to «be» one’s career, one’s position, one’s assumed power, nor to abdicate one’s humanity for the sake of position and at the expense of nature. In my artwork, the people in suits are often placed in colorful botanical spaces, in more or less successful attempts at dialogue with both themselves and their surroundings. The depersonalized people are subjected to an extended dialogue, where emotional distortion of proportions points to the challenge that lies in the courage to expose oneself to otherness to regain balance.

For more information about my art career and participation in exhibitions, see CV