Her education started with a course in ceramics at the Ellen Ofstads School in Trondheim. Directed by Bjørn Sverebos` skilled hand, her time at Ellen Ofstad was an important starting point when she entered the National Collage of art and Design in Oslo the following year. During this period she also attended The Collage of Art and Design in Iceland, and then received her MA in 1996.
Trude Westby Nordmark has shown a consistent and deliberate artistic development from her MA in 1996 and to present day, 2001. Her main areas of interest are the conceptual and sculptural fields, with a leaning towards installation
Her work shares a common theme by the repetitive use of identical elements, grouped together to form new compositions.
Characterized by their strong ceramic quality, and combined to form a new artistic expression, her work challenges our traditional definition of ceramics.
Dir. National Museum of Decorative Arts
During the 1990s` Norwegian ceramics experienced a dramatic development. Emerging from The National Collage of Art and Design In Oslo were a new breed of ceramic artists, replacing the focus on design and crafts with ceramic art.
The ceramic establishment in Norway were somewhat sceptical, having their own visions as to the future of Norwegian ceramics. Despite this, a new generation established themselves in the years leading up to the turn of the millennium, armed with a completely different view of what a ceramist was than that of their predecessors
Trude Westby Nordmark belongs to this generation of artists, expressing her artistic integrity in a ceramic medium.
Trude Westby Nordmark