Art @ Matrushka: Liv Aanrud

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Opening Night
Friday, February 12
7:00PM – 9:00PM

Meet the artist, Liv Aanrud
Wine and snacks
Exclusive Sale on Matrushka Fashion for Exhibition Guests

Since the early days of Matrushka we have exhibited artists and art of all forms. The walls of our handmade clothing boutique have hung everything from abstract painting, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. A few years ago we even had a modern dance performance!

So it is exciting to continue that tradition by exhibiting abstract rugs by artist Liv Aanrud. Her pieces hint at a great craft tradition. The pieces also work as abstract painting, which is what makes them so alluring.

We look forward to our Friday the 12th opening and hope you can make the time to come by and see the show!


Liv Aanrud, “Fromanothermother”, 32″ x 22″

About the Artist

Informed largely by the language of painting, and constructed through traditional folk method of rag rug hooking used by her grandmother, Aanrud’s meandering abstractions are at once a slowly stitched drawing, fabric mural, a tactile landscape, and labyrinthine maps of the act of thinking. Intuitively constructed, each piece unfurls as an exquisite corpse where repetition becomes meditative, and time and consciousness are measured in increments. A psychedelic palette reflects the surrounding city of Los Angeles where strange succulents and smoggy pastel sunsets cast shadows on a graffitied cityscape. Liv weaves personal symbology, words, patterns, and worries into a reverie that slow a distracted mind, and recall her Midwestern upbringing on a farm where work provides purpose.

Liv Aanrud earned a B.F.A with a painting emphasis at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2001. She was awarded a full scholarship and teaching fellowship at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she received her M.F.A in 2011. She has taught at ARTworks, teaching mixed media classes to at risk teen girls, and at Santa Barbara City College. Currently she is a teaching fellow at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

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