Ellen Karin Mæhlum is
a visual artist who works mainly with printmaking.
Biography: Educated at Bergen National Academy of the Arts and at Oslo National
Academy of the Arts. She has held a number of exhibitions in Norway and abroad.
Projects: Since 2000 Mæhlum has visited Svalbard regularly, most times staying in Ny-Ålesund, located at 79° N. Today the place is a center for international Arctic research and environmental monitoring. The stays and cooperation with researchers has resulted in several graphics exhibitions.
The first collaboration was with the department of Physics of Geological Processes
(PGP) at the University of Oslo. GeoPrint is a series of prints based on the material
gathered during expeditions to Spitsbergen. Plankton Portraits is a series of
silkscreen prints based upon single-celled plankton organisms. This series was done
in collaboration with the Marine Microbiology research group from the University of
Bergen. In the last series OBSERVED - 79°N Mæhlums own sketches and photos
from experiences and observations in the field, form the basis for the prints.
News and upcoming events: Kunsthal Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2016-2017 Dalarnes Museum, Sweden and International Print Triennial - Krakow.
Summer Exhibition- SPENNVIDDE, the Røros Museum, Norway.
Norwegian Printmaking 2016, Kunstverket, Hovedøya, Oslo, Norway.
Bølgen Kulturhus, Larvik Kunstforening, Norway, March 2017.