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.
Aanrud's work has been the subject of one person exhibitions at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York, Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe, TSA-LA in Los Angeles, John Davis Gallery, Hudson,NY, Oasis Gallery, Marquette, MI, and Ochre Ghost Gallery in Duluth MN. She has shown in two person exhibitions at the Anne Reid '72 Gallery in Princeton, NJ, and in various group exhibitions across the U.S. 

Lives in Los Angeles, CA

MFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
BFA, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Sing into My Mouth, Arvia, Los Angeles, CA
Blindsides, Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, NV
Ravel Ravel, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY
Hooked on a Feeling, Tiger Strikes Asteroid-LA, Los Angeles, CA
Lake Affect, Oasis Gallery, Marquette, MI
The Thick of Things, Ochre Ghost Gallery, Duluth, MN
Liv Aanrud: Recent Paintings, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

Night Moves, Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA
Metamorphosisterz, Anne Reid '72 Gallery, Princeton, NJ

+ - , Gallery Also, Los Angeles, CA
Angstzeiten, Elevator Mondays, Los Angeles, CA
Physical Painting, curated by Jennifer Samet, Maass Gallery, SUNY-Purchase College, Purchase NY
Free Time, pt 1, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY
Electric Ladyland, Rebel Art Space, Palm Springs, CA
Fata Morgana, Goldmine, Los Angeles, CA
The Midnight Sun, Ms Barbers, Los Angeles, CA
ArtHamptons Art Fair, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, Bridgehampton, NY
Voodoo Chicken (--------) No Holds Barred, New York, NY
FiberSHED, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA
Painting in Trees, Bushwick Community Gardens, Brooklyn, NY
Thread the Needle, Perry McGrath, Los Angeles, CA
JustMad6 Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
A Gap in the Screen, Taylor University, Upland, IN
Primitive Image, SSS Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Your Attica on the Pacific, Tiger Strikes Asteroid-LA, Los Angeles, CA
Faculty Biennial, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
Underdonk Selects: Benefit Auction, New York, NY
Novella Gallery Spring Benefit Auction, New York, NY
Invincible Host, Underdonk Gallery, New York, NY
10 Years Too Late, Abteeilum I-A-M Berlin, Germany
In Fixed Territory, at Blurred Boundaries, 460 Main Street,Catskill, NY
Fresh Meat/Young Blood: NJ's New Masters, SICA - Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Longbranch, NJ
NowHere, Whitebox Gallery, New York, NY
II (MFA Thesis Exhibition), Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ
College Art Association NY Area MFA Exhibition, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, NY, NY
WLCM BCK, Mason Gross Galleries,New Brunswick, NJ
First Year MFA Exhibition, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ
Winter Garden II, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI
Party at Phong's Place, Curated by Chris Martin, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, NY
Visions X, Riverside Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI
Winter Garden, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI
Scrapper, Tomorrow River Gallery, Amherst, WI
Visions VIII, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point WI
Haystack/Mushroom/Muffin - Site-specific installation, The House, Chicago, IL 2001
Paper or Plastic? Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Arts West Exhibition, LE Philips Memorial Library, Eau Claire, WI

Spectrum Magazine volume LIX, University of California Santa Barbara

Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, NV
Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA

2015 Teaching Residency, Armory Center for the Arts
2009 Competitive Pool Scholarship TA/GA, Rutgers University
2009 Teaching Assistant Fellowship, Mason Gross School of the Arts
2010 Dadalus Foundation Fellowship Nominee
2001 Helen X Sampson Undergraduate Research Award for Artistic Collaboration

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