Margrethe Iren Pettersen( Tromsø,1977) is a florist and has a bachelor from the Academy of Contemporary art in Tromsø. She is now based in Oslo, and will be in the MA program Art and Public Space at KHiO 2016-2018. As an artist and cultural producer, she is interested in the relationship between culture and nature. Pettersen often use a place, a plant or an organism as her starting point in her work. She work process-based and her project is often connected. She collects plants, sounds and other materials, does field-recordings and interview people from different professions
(antropologist, botanist, biologist). Interdisciplinary, self-organized and collaboration is keywords for her practice. Her Sami roots and the oral tradition of knowledge dissemination in the north is methods she brought into her work lately.
Pettersen also looks into different ways of disclosing art, her work turns out in many different forms, from interactive sculptures, outdoor happenings, public cultivation, sound-walks, to more traditional pieces in a gallery. Last year she was part of ART Ii Biennale of Northern Environmental and Sculpture Art (Finland). Together with Kristin Tårnes, she was part of and organizing a group show called Invasive Exotics, taking place at Gallery RAM in Oslo, 2015. Pettersen was commissioned by Dark Ecology & Arctic Encounters for the second journey, that took place in North of Norway and Russia in Nov 2015. Pettersen likes to collaborate and have been part of different group constallations. Such as the workinggroup of Røst Artist in Recidence, on the board of SDS (The Sámi Artist Union) and Loftet Arbeidsfellesskap( studio collective of artists in Tromsø).