Frantzsen & Mjanger was established in January 2017 and consists of Maria Almås Frantzsen, visual art with a focus on glass and Ruth Hol Mjanger, drama / theater. The artist duo challenges the traditional studio oriented approach to glass in meetings between crafts and performative contemporary art in outdoor spaces. The duo works process-oriented and involves the audience in the co-creation of the artworks.
Maria Almås Frantzsen received her Bachelor's and Master's degree in art with specialization in glass from Edinburgh College of Art. Her work develops around human encounters as well as emotional and physical experiences and is presented in the permanent collection of KODE in Bergen and Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum. She is affiliated with S12 Gallery and Studio in Bergen and has been responsible for their educational program since 2012.
Ruth Hol Mjanger holds a master in drama from Bergen University College. In 2015, she qualified as an associate professor focusing at the three-folded competence of being an artist, teacher and researcher. Thematically there is considerable variation in Mjanger's work. Through art-based research and as a reflective practitioner, she investigate new approaches and methods in the borderline between art and applied science. Her artistic work is interdisciplinary and explores the connections between body, space, identity and existential questions.