Marianne Broch works with a variety of natural materials, but keeps coming back to wood in its different forms, from large logs to untreated twigs and even cellulose.
Her approach is sober and down to earth. Grounded in daily work and life itself, her work is a search for the core of everything - something constant and unchangeable.
Form and texture is central to Broch's art. The tree is monumental and malleable and presents endless possibilities.
Clear references to forestry and Norwegian culture can be found in her pieces; but she also draws parallels to the particular, the individual. The walking stick represents the life journey we all undertake, reflected in its cracks and growth rings, our frailties outlined in the fragile graining of the tree mass.
In attempting to penetrate and expose the material of the tree, the artist reveals something of the human behind the mask.
Wandering in forests and mountains in search of materials is an important part of Broch´s process, as is the physical work required to form the wood. She seeks to transform familiar experiences and natural phenomena into objects that transcend their origin., and to guide the viewer to see things afresh. These works power comes from the forests and from folk culture, but they express something unexpected when they are given new forms and placed in our time.
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
2009/2013 The Interdisciplinary School of Creative Arts in Bærum (DTK), Norway.
1976/1983 Internship at sculptor Arne N. Vigeland's studio at Ekely, Norway. Private tutor, mentor and supervisor.
Periodic work as an assistent with larger projects.
1977/1978 The Art Institute of Kankaanpää. Finland. Sculpture with professor Ossi Somma.
1976/1977 Freehanddrawing. SHKS.(Norwegian National Academy of Crafts and Art Industry)
1975/1976 Bærum Vocational Secondary School, Program "Design, shape, colour."
1975/1976 Study under Arne Nilsen, Ceramic artist/pottery Kirkeristen, Oslo, Norway.
1972/1975 Magne Kvilstad's School of Ceramics, Bærum,Norway.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 Hå gamle prestegard. Jæren, Norway.
2018 KRAFT. Bergen, Norway.
2018 Lørenskog Kunstforening, Norway.
2017 Det Gule Huset, Holmen, Norway.
2016 Asker Kunstforening, Norway.
2015 Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen, Norway.
2012 Exhibition in «Glassmontrene i Sandvika» at Bærum kulturhus, Norway.
1990 Hole Herredshus. Vik, Norway.
1984 Sel kommune, Otta, Norway.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019-20 Desemberutstilling 2019. Trondhjems Kunstforening, Trondheim, Norway. 7 December - 19 January 2020.
2019-20 Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 138th Annual Exhibition. Ulster Museum, Belfast., Nortern Ireland. 18 October - 5 January 2020.
2019 Refleksjoner. Bildende Kunstnere i Bærum, invited artists between 50 – 70. Bærum Kunsthall. Fornebu, Norway. 22 November - 16 December.
2019 Rendezvous. Local Kunst rett vest group exhibition in Galleri Dikemark, Asker, Norway.
2019 Kunst rett vest. Open studios and group exhibition in Henie Onstad Art Centre, Norway.
2019 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2019. Mall Galleries, London, United Kingdom.
2019 Stipendutstilling. Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen, Norway. 26 June - 4 August.
2019 Bærumsutstillingen. Bærum Kunsthall, Fornebu, Norway.
2018 Stipendutstilling. Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen, Norway.
2018 ART Äkäslompolo 2018. SOUND OF FOREST - METSÄN ÄÄNI. Community- and environmental art festival. Kolari, Finland.
2018 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2018. Mall Galleries, London, United Kingdom.
2017/15/14/13/12/10 Novemberutstillingen. The Drammen Museum for Art and Cultural History, Norway.
2017 The Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts 154th Open Annual Exhibition 2017. Glasgow, United Kingdom.
2017 Syklus, Bærumsutstillingen. Bærum Kunsthall, Fornebu, Norway.
2017 Når Nåtid Møter Fortid. The Drammen Museum for Art and Cultural History, Norway.
2017 What Wood Would. Stories Told in Wood. National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Trondheim, Norway.
2017 Vendepunkt. Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen, Norway.
2017 Stipendutstilling. Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen, Norway.
2016-18 I Craft. I Travel Light. Arkhangelsk Regional Fine Arts Museum, Murmansk Regional Art Museum, Northern Norway Art Museum and Sami Center for Contemporary Art, Karasjok.
2016 Kunst rett vest. 10th anniversary exhibition at Dikemark Psychiatric Hospital. Group exhibition in "Kulturstiftelsen Fengselet." Hønefoss, Norway.
2016 OPPLAND ÅPEN,30th anniversary exhibition. Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer, Norway.
2016 Innlandsutstillingen. Galleri Hamar Kulturhus, Norway.
2016 Mountain map. Ice-art project with the group "Kald Kunst" outside Lillehammer Art Museum in connection with the Youth Olympic Games.
2015 Åpen Dør. Bærum municipality, Norway.
2015 Kunst rett vest.Open studios and group exhibition in Henie Onstad Art Centre, Norway.
2015 Lysende is-skog. Ice-art project with the group "Kald Kunst". Lillehammer, Norway.
2014 OPPLAND NÅ. Oppland kunstsenter, Lillehammer, Norway.
2014 Kust rett vest. Open studios and group exhibition in Fossekleiva kultursenter, Norway.
2014 Around You. OSTRALE´14. Biennale for zeitgenössische Kunst. Dresden, Germany.
2014 The Juried Exhibition 2014. Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.
2014 Pust, Bærumsutstillingen. Bærum Kunstforening, Norway.
2014 1814 – to perspektiv. Bærum municipality, Norway.
2013 Norsk Skulpturbiennale. The Gustav Vigeland Museum,Oslo, Norway.
2013 Kunst rett vest. Open studios and group exhibition in Arena Vestfossen, Norway.
2012 1001 natt, Bærumsutstillingen. Bærum Kunstforening, Norway.
2012 Kunst rett vest.. Open studios and group exhibition in Galleri Trafo, Asker, Norway.
2012 Store Format. Buskerud Kunstsenter. Drammen, Norway
2012 Group exhibition. Galleri Gamle Eidsfos, Norway.
2011 Labyrint. Bærum Kulturhus, Norway.
2011 Kunst rett vest. Open studios and group exhibition in Sundland, Drammen, Norway.
2011 Gallery in Ice Cathedral. Hunderfossen, Lillehammer, Norway.
2010 Midtvintersutstilling. Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen, Norway.
1987 Nye medlemmer, UKS. Oslo, Norway.
1984 Sommerutstilling. Galleri HH, Lillehammer, Norway.
1982 Opplandsutstillingen. Lillehammer, Norway.
1982 Group exhibition. Nord-Fron Library, Vinstra, Norway.
1981/82/83 Peer-Gynt -utstillinga. Vinstra, Norway.
1981 Tverrpolitisk 8.mars. Otta, Norway.