Informed largely by the language of painting, and constructed through traditional folk method of rag rug hooking used by her grandmother, Aanrud's work is at once a slowly stitched drawing and a labyrinthine map of the act of thinking. 
"Time becomes tactile, ticked up in a stitch. I set about a familiar rhythm where my scurrying mind can find rest through work. A line is cut, felt, held and pulled through a grid of burlap. A figure forms from this slow draw—conjured from below the surface. It is not quite me, but maybe in the curve of an arm, length of hand, or tilt of cheek. I keep a side eye on this labyrinthine nude, mostly seeing through feeling—the way one does in the dark when navigating the soft sculpture of a person’s body.  My hands hold onto this tangle of tapestry and I study the faces I’ve made, “Hey, I’ve seen that look before!” Perhaps these women are versions of me—emotional states given physical form. They are allegories that depict certain dualities —at once placid and anxious, beautiful and treacherous."
                                                                                                                    Liv Aanrud 2018
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 Arvia, Los Angeles, 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, Taiwan and Germany.

b 1979
MFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
BFA, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

STNDRD Projects, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

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

Fact and Fiction, Spring Break Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
Psychenetics, Elevator Mondays, Los Angeles, CA
Magick is Afoot, Arvia, Los Angeles, CA
Femi-Flow : Creating Female Subjectivity in Art; National Taiwan Craft and Research Institute, Caotun, Taiwan.
Barker Hanger Art Den, Odd Ark, Los Angeles, CA
Fragile Rock, TREEHAUS, Los Angeles, CA
Optimist Prime, New City Galerie, Burlington Vermont.
The Rag Trade pt 2, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY
Displaced Cities: Los Angles to Taiwan, Soulangh Cultural Park, Jilii Taiwan
Barrier, Gallery Also, Los Angeles, CA
Feel It…Feel It,  Diogenes Club, Los Angeles, CA
+ - , 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

2016  Spectrum Magazine: volume LIX, University of California Santa Barbara
2018  National Taiwan Craft And Research Institute, Taichung, Taiwan
2016  Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, NV
2014  Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
2018  Soulangh Cultural Park, Jiali District, Taiwan
2017 Desert Drawing Club, Joshua Tree, CA

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