Hanne Friis (b. 1972, Oslo) is educated in painting and sculpture at the Art Academy in Trondheim, but is primarily known for her sensuous, abstract sculptures in various textile materials. A significant part of her fabrics are stained by plants through slow dyeing processes which give the surfaces a painterly expression. The sculptures are carefully crafted by hand with a distinctive stitching technique; with a small needle Friis transforms the material by folding and pressing the fabric into organic formations and complex structures that generate a sense of change and growth. The ambiguity in the relationship between form and materiality is a recurring theme. Friis’ work is included in the collection of Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg, Sørlandets Art Museum, Kristiansand, The Norwegian Government, Oslo, KODE Art Museum, Bergen, The National Museum, Oslo, The Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim, The Art Museum of Northern Norway, Tromsø and The Arts Council, Norway as well as numerous private collections nationally and abroad.
Selected solo shows include Hidden Pattern, Kraft Bergen (2020), Nice to (finally) meet you, Seinajoki Kunsthalle (FI, 2020), Maria Wettergren Gallery, Paris (2019), Trafo, Asker (2018), Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (2016, 2010), Gustavsberg Konsthall, Sweden (2010), Galleri F15, Moss (2003). Selected group shows include QB Gallery, Oslo (2021, 2020), Kunsthalle Seinäjoki, Finland (2020), Kristiansand Kunsthall (2019), Maria Wettergren Gallery, Paris (2019), Grand Palais, Paris (2019), Foundation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (2018), MARSO Gallery, Mexico City (2018), Hint Project, Aarhus (2017), KODE Art Museum, Bergen (2015, 2001), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (2014), Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm (2014), Lillehammer Kunstmuseum (2013), Vigelandsmuseet, Oslo (2013), Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo (2012) and Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal (2009).