Trained in drawing and printmaking during her art studies in the -80ies, Marhaug has used her basic skills in her later image production. One major relation has been the relation between drawing, photo and printmaking.
Detail from the series of HORIZON
Photo based(mono) intaglio print and laquer on paper, 2012
ARTIST RESIDENCY AT GEDOK
Three weeks stay in GEDOK, Stuttgart including one week of intensive work at the printmaking workshops in Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, together with Traci Kelly, Julia Wenz and Kjellaug Hatlen Lunde. Simple and complicated experiments with and without ink, with and without printing press, -with small and big surprises!
My own project has been given the heading PALIMPSEST; from Wikipedia:
In textual studies, a palimpsest (/ ˈpælɪmpsɛst /) is a manuscript page, either from a scroll or a book, from which the text has been scraped or washed off so that the page can be reused for another document.  Parchment was made of lamb, calf, or goat kid skin and was expensive and not readily available, so in the interest of economy a page was often re-used by scraping off the previous writing.
15th of April utill 6th og May 2022
Photos: Rita Marhaug and Traci Kelly
New images from the series of collages made of woodprints, felt, fur, skin, and paint on wooden plates with rounded corners, no frame and glass.
Various dimensions no framed, no glass.
Produced in 2021. Look into https://www.kunstgarasjen.no/kjp-kunst -here you can buy seven of my collages.
ALLEGORY OVER NORDLAND VI
Seven woodcuts made during spring -14. The production was initiated and organized by Trykkeriet and Asbjørn Hollerud with support from Arts Council Norway. Technician has been Ivar Bergseth, artist and designer working at Isotop.
Also thanks for help and assistance during production from Bjarte Bjørkum and Daniel Persson.
Dimention, al seven motives 88 x 58 cm
Paper: Somerset Satin 300 gr
Edititon 24, al seven motives.
LIFE AND DEATH
Photo based drawings om Arches Platine 300grams paper.
112 cm x 76 cm
LIFE AND DEATH WHEN YOU ARE 42 (exhibition tittle)
At some point, uncertain when, we are in the middle of life.
When I turned 42, I filled out an Internet form that calculated my expected length of life.
The prediction was 84 years.
On the opening day of the exhibition, my eldest daughter turns 21 years old.
Most people live their lives without the big spectacular events, the undersigned included.
Or, the spectacular lies precisely in life itself:
Children are born and the old die.
Things are created and weathered.
The intention around the work with the drawings and the exhibition “Life and Death when you are 42”, was to address the undramatic everyday life as it appears without too much distance and analysis in advance. Because the production takes its time, both proximity and distance to the artwork arises in the creative process
All show motives of women and their hair, my two daughters, my mother, my grandmother and myself.
The exhibition also had other components:
objects, artist books, videos and another image series, black and white photos with acrylic painting on top.
Photo: Bjarte Bjørkum
PRINCE AND PRINCESS
Photo based intaglio/ mono prints om Arches 350 grams paper
image format 80 cm x 126 cm
The motifs are respectively taken from the famous baroque painter Diego Velazquez portraits of the Spanish royal family; Princess Margarita and Prince Baltazar, which today hang in the Prado Museum in Madrid. These are then connected to portraits of the artist’s own daughter (Sofie) and son (Kaspar). The size of the pictures is given by the heights of the latter.
Technically, the photographed paintings are contact copied to their respective sets of intaglio plates. The same applies to the photographs of own children. Furthermore, these have been printed on top of each other. In the final print, therefore, different parts of the two motifs will merge: the face of Sofie and the dress of Margarita, the hand of one and the surroundings of the other. By adding inks to the plates with different emphasis on quantity and hue, quite different variants of the motifs emerge.
The idea has been to fuse the different times and spheres together. At the same time, there is also a desire to tell something about the child and the child's position in our culture. In modern families we have many princes and princesses for better or worse. In many ways adored as a symbol, but at the same time perhaps lonely in her/his unproductive or useless child position.
WEST COAST 2000
Summer of 2000 was the start of a series of photo based images on paper mounted along each other similar to analogue film strips.
Helio gravure and drawing is mixed with hand written text; lyrics from Radiohead's composition Let Down.
Arches Cover White 270 gram paper.
Paper format 57 x 78 cm
Soon West Coast 2000, came in larger formats, new colour combinations, experimental use of matrixes and mounting.
The starting part of West Coast 2000 was first showed in
The Geography of Intimacy in Haugesund 2001.