Liv Aanrud: Double Down
January 30 – February 28, 2021
Los Angeles-based artist Liv Aanrud’s Double Down is comprised of twelve large-scale, brightly
colored and highly imaginative textiles. Her subjects straddle the line between the vernacular and
mythical. Informed largely by the language of painting, and constructed through the 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.
Liv Aanrud earned her BFA with an emphasis on painting from 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 MFA in 2011. She has taught
at ARTworks Charter School, Santa Barbara City College, and the Armory Center for the Arts in
Pasadena. Aanrud’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at New Image Art,
Arvia, 1700 Naud and TSA-LA in Los Angeles as well as John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York,
and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York City. Her work has been shown in group
exhibitions across the United States, Taiwan, Germany, and Spain.
Aanrud writes: “Time becomes tactile, ticked up in a stitch. I set about a familiar rhythm where
my scurrying mind can find rest through work …. 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 … 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