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BIOGRAPHY

Born 1984, Dixon, Illinois, USA

Norwegian Organisation Number: 918 731 989

EIT Culture & Creativity Expert Evaluator, Member: BONO, NBK, LHSA

Author: Le Lapin

 

Mari Amman is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist based in Norway, traveling worldwide for research and work. Her interest in the sublime results in artwork riding lines between secular and sacred, questioning apparatuses and nuances that denature or conserve. Oriented through a historic, field-study, artistic research approach, with rheological attention to ways the subconscious and somatic reveal, Amman creates images, installations, videos, poetry, performance, paintings, sculptures.

 

Focused through the parietal aspects of perception, and rooted in transcendent experiences of beauty, her work invites viewers into afferent spaces of contemplation on timeless themes raised throughout history within relationships between technology, science, mortality, violence, landscape and built environments. Her Nordic-Italian ancestry to political activist Ellen Ammann, landscape artist Harriet Sundström, and notion of Geological Empathy inspired her to create Aesthetic Resonances, based on pedagogical methods for human skill enrichment in Pattern Recognition, Visual Literacy, and Body Architecture. Her formative experiences being raised near the Agonic line, surrounded by forest and prairie preserves, a nuclear power plant, and industrial agriculture fuel her philosophy, music, dance, art, and practical skill development for creating reverence.

 

Her work is widely collected in private and public collections. Numerous prizes and artist residencies have been awarded to Amman’s work. Her sensitivity for life is expressed in her involvement with foundational and cultural projects of Art Farm Iowa (US, 2023) and Arte Expuesto (MX, 2023), both of which exhibit and collect her work. Her diligence to the moral significance and nuanced difference of evolutionary biology is expressed through artistic research in technology and sciences, such as Solfège Souche and Afjordance screened at AWMAS (UCSB, 2020). Omniscient, monolithic image and text was awarded 1st by the jury in the Imaging New Eurasia exhibition, at the Asia Cultural Center in Gwangju (SK, 2015). Poet and artist-in-residence for two-months in Paris (FR, 2023), three-months in Bonny Doon (US, 2022), a month in Kjerringøy Land Art (NO, 2020) where she spoke about analogue photography, time and form in Sublime Timescapes and led Forest Bathing. She developed trauma informed pedagogical methods and psychological research at Angelot-Trélex (CH, 2019). She joined PraksisOslo Residency, Praxisdanfestivalen with Tricia Brown’s Set and Reset performance, and Butoh with Mushimaru Fujieda at KHiO (NO, 2017, 2018). She holds a Master of Fine Art (honours) with Frankfurt School Theory/Conceptual Studio Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles (2015) and Bachelor of Fine Art (Dean’s List) in Advertising/Interior Design from Illinois Institute of Art (2006), Darkroom Photography and History of Photography at College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, and Social Psychology at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan (2012).

 

Selected Photography, Art, Design, Writing and Consulting Clients: Norway House Foundation, BBC, Nordre Aker Bydel, Smelteverket, Ekebergparken, Boffi Studio, Open House Oslo, 22nd Century Media, Outdoor IL, Dept. Natural Resources, Jesse Bornstein Architecture, Veveri Co., Katapult Books.

 

 

CV | Voice/PianoTeaching | Resume | Studio Visits | PortfoliosLinkedIn | IG | Meditations

 

 

 

Permanent Installations & Collections

2025/6 Forthcoming: Gong Teppe, Installation, TBD

2025/6 Forthcoming: Igloo, Installation, TBD

2025 Mouvements, Public Installation, Art Farm Iowa, Northwood, Iowa

2023 Arte Expuesto Foundation, Monterrey, Nuevo Léon, Mexico

2023 30seconds of Lake Michigan, Art Farm Iowa, Northwood, Iowa

2017 Teknovisuell Experience, Public Installation, Otis Admissions Office, Los Angeles, CA, United States

 

 

Awards & Residencies

2023 Paris Poetry Residency, France

2022 Redwoods Residency, California

2020 Kjerringøy Land Art, Bodø, Norway

2020 Bi-Monthly Semi-Finalist, Dumbo Film Festival, NYC, United States

2019 Ello Getty Images Selected Artist, California, United States

2019 UKS/PNEK Residency, Oslo, Norway

2019 Atelier Nord Prosjektrom, Oslo, Norway 

2019 Angelot Trélex Residency, Chéserex, Switzerland

2018 Mushimaru Fujzieda Butoh Scholarship, The National Academy for the Arts, Oslo, Norway

2017 Praksis: A Global State of Pareidolia, Residency, Oslo, Norway

2017 The Past and the Curious, Praxisfestivalen, DansensHus, Oslo, Norway 

2015 First Place by the Jury, Imagining New Eurasia, Asia Culture Center, South Korea 

2015 Woelffer Scholarship, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, United States

2014 Academic Merit Award, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, United States

2013 Academic Scholarship, Social Psychology, Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan

2010 Indiana Historic Pathways Photography Award, Indiana University, United States

2003 Pi Sigma Pi Academic Honour in History, Byron High School, United States

 

 

Education

2015 Master Fine Art, Honours, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California, United States 

2006 Bachelor Art, Dean’s List, Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, Illinois, United States

2019 Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books, Keio University, Online

2018 Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books, Keio University, Online

2018 Music Moves: Why Does Music Make You Move, UiO, Online

2018 Japanese Avant-Garde Art, Keio University, Online

2015 Norwegian Language, Rosenhof Voksenopplæring, Oslo, Norway 

2013 Social Psychology, Ehime University, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime Prefecture, Japan

2012 History of Photography & Darkroom Photography, College of Lake County, Illinois, United States

2003 Interior Design, Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, Illinois, United States

 

 

Teaching & Artist Talks

2020 Artist Talk and Workshops (ages 6 – 15), Kjerringøy, Bodø, Norway

2020 Afjordance, Exhibition and Talk, AWMAS, UC Santa Barbara, United States

2019 Artist Talk, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway

2018 Movement Course, Blank Space Gallery, Oslo, Norway

2017 Body Architecture Course, Barnas Open House Oslo, Sentralen, Oslo, Norway

2014 Subtle Energy & Colour, Talk, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, United States

2013 The Personal/Universal, Talk, Walker Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

 

 

Books, Press & Interviews

Vereri, Poetry Prose &Suche, Bound by Water, Spread, ESPLA, 90,000 Miles on I-90, Remontant Press, Dark Mountain, Concrete Nature, Articulate, Artsy, Barbed Magazine, LHSA, Lenscratch, VIA, Urbanautica, Humble Arts, Beautiful/Decay, F-StopMagazine, BlackFlash Magazine, 1000 Words, WGN Radio

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2025 Suspended Planes, Installation, TEKS, Trondheim, Norway

2023 More Than Human, Arte Expuesto, Public Billboard Installations, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

2019 Over a Streambed a Body Formed in the Light Refracted in Waves, Photography, Torso, Oslo, Norway 

2019 Magenta Minds & Amber Hearts, Images and Paintings from Trélex Residency, Bernt Ankers Gate, Oslo, Norway

2019 Mouvements, Photography, Akers Mek, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway

2018 Mouvements, Photography, Oslo Art and Fashion Festival, Vérité, Oslo, Norway 

2017 Memoria Technika, Installation, Oslo Art & Fashion Festival, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway 

2015 Image Architecture, Installation, Otis Studios, Los Angeles, CA, United States

2015 Making Sense, Installation, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States

2010 Not Even But Almost, Photography, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL United States

2008 Photography, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL United States

 

 

Group Exhibitions, Screenings & Conferences

2023 Sublime Timescapes, Photography, Double Vision, 515Bendix Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

2023 Solfége Souche and Afjordance, Video, Manifest/o, Galleri KiT, Trondheim, Norway

2022 Stop Bath, Video Scenography for Nordic folk singers, Kunsthuset Wrap, Bergen, Norway 

2022 La Mer, Video Scenography, Young Musicians Night, Rockheim Museum, Trondheim, Norway

2022 Solfége Souche, Video, Artport Festival, El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt

2021 Blåtime Sol, Video, Les Voyagers 4th Edition, Tunis, North Africa

2021 Blåtime Sol, Video, Equinox Exhibition, Bodø Kunstforening, Norway

2021 Midwest (aquarelle) Y-Blokka (sculpture), Trondheim Billedkunst Exhibition, Trondheim, Norway

2021 Body Line and Blåtime Sol, Video Projection, The World We Live In, Groningen, Netherlands

2021 Solfége Souche, Video Projection, Paris, France

2020 Vereri, Photography, Affordable Art Fair, Represented by Albumen Gallery, London, U.K.

2020 Afjordance, Video Projection, Kvinnekroppen at Arteriet, Kristiansand, Norway

2020 Afjordance, Video Projection, AWAMS 2020, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

2019 Monoliths, Photography, Artsy Exhibition, The Print Atelier, Montreal, Canada

2019 Monoliths, Photography, Feel the Burn, MIM Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2019 Solfége Souche, Video Projection, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gyeonggi-do, Korea

2019 Damocles, Sculpture, Elemental Kate Exhibition, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield, UK 

2019 Sublime Timescapes, Photography, Fotogalleriet Atelier, Oslo, Norway 

2019 Incarner des roses, Photography, Les Voyagers, Nout Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

2018 Sublime Timescapes, Photography, Tid (time), CYAN Studio, Oslo, Norway

2018 Wave, Photography, Benefit Auction, Rockford University, Rockford, IL, United States

2018 Vesper Monumenter and Et Dypt Nett, Dual-Site Installation, Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Oslo, Norway

2017 9Worlds of Image and Light, Installation, Elvelangs i Fakkellys, Smelteverket, Vulkan, Oslo, Norway 

2017 Photography, PraksisOslo Kulturnatt, Rådhusgata 19, Oslo, Norway

2016 30seconds of Lake Michigan, Photo, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA, United States 

2016 Omniscient, Photography and Poem, Here, There, Everywhere: Eurasian Cities, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea

2015 Security Blanket, Installation, On The Roof, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States

2014 Undulation, Photography, Variations of a Whole, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States 

2014 PhotoLA, LA Mart, CA, United States 

2013 Robert T. Wright Gallery, Paintings, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL, United States 

2012 Liminal Metanoia, Photography, 2Rules Gallery, Atlanta, GA, United States 

2011 Photography, Life Support Japan, Wall-Space Gallery, CA, United States 

2011 Portraits, Photography, Returning the Gaze, Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL, United States 

2010 Portrait, Illustration, Johalla Projects Gallery, 50 Alderman/50 Artists, Chicago, IL, United States 

2000 Depths of Imagination, Mixed-Media, Rockford Art Museum, IL, United States

1999 The Field’s Project, Land Art, Viewable by Air, Oregon, IL, United States 

 

 

 

 

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2002

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IMEA Clarinet & Flute Piano, Sport, Meditation
2001 Piano, Running, Yoga, Meditation IMEA Singing Competition & Madrigals
2000 Continued distance running Began yoga & meditation Continued Piano & accompanying church
1999

Field’s Project, Land Art Sculpture
Began track, ran distance and hurdles Hired to play piano by Byron Lutheran church
1998

Waterfall, 1st Textile & Failed Art Project
Tried Cheerleading, Regretted It Continued Piano
1993

Earth Day Contest, 1st

Began piano lessons
Dance
1992

Byron Generating Station
Dance Book Reading Contest Winner

For homeroom pizza party

1990

Artist of the Month, Mary Morgan
Continued dance
1989

Kindergarden
Began dance classes
1984

Born, Dixon, IL

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