Signe Marie Andersen

Signe Marie Andersen (b. 1968) lives and works in Oslo and received her artistic education at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Andersen has expanded her photographic practice with a distinct approach, from working with more or less clearly staged motifs, the narrative streak is now entwined with a play between different moods. Many pictures have been taken on Andersen’s travels and take place in transit areas such as airports and hotels. A recurring feature in many of Andersen’s works is a melancholic tone and a bright light that reminds the viewer of an existential loneliness and a feeling of the unstoppable speed of life. At the same time the pictures are never completely discouragingly dark, but are filled with subtle, low key humor – emphasized by her poetic and often absurd titles – thus acting more as an enhanced concentration of recognizing life, with its pauses, lost time, longing for meaning and interpersonal meetings. Her long-standing relationship with the theatre influences her work.

Selected works


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Photo: Signe Marie Andersen

Born 1968 in Oslo, Norway
Lives and works in Oslo

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1993 – 1998 Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Bergen, Norway


2020 Walking Through, Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen, Norway
2019 Visitors, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2016 Remember Everything, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2016 Someone else’s dream, Skiens Kunstforening, Skien, Norway
2012 Impossible presence, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
2011 Somehow considered in a room, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2008 Splendid Isolation, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2007 Porsgrunn Kunstforening, Porsgrunn, Norway
2005 Før og etter den store festen, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2003 Fire my flan, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway
2003 Fire my flan, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen
2003 Fire my flan, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway
2002 Fire my flan, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2001 Galleri By the Way, Bergen
1997 Projectspace, Galleri Riis, Oslo


2019 Slow Waltz, Works from the collections, Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger
2017 SNAP. Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo
2016 Slow Pictures – Contemporary photography, Lillehammer Art Museum, Lillehammer, Norway
2015 Galleri Gann, Sandnes, Norway
2014 In a lonely place, Artmuseum KUBE, Ålesund
2012 Stretching the Mind, Drammens Museum, Drammen, Norway, "Galleri Gann, Sandnes, Norway
2008 Abstract and Absurd, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
2005 Robert Meyers Samling, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
2003 Scene, Chritianssand Kunstforening, Kristiansand, Norway
2002 Drøm vs. virkelighet, Galleri F-15, Moss, Norway
1998 EXIT, West Norway Museum of Decorative Arts, Bergen


Arts Council Norway
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway
Preus museum, Horten, Norway