Aanestad studied fine arts at the Rogaland Art College and graduated with a BA from the University of Stavanger in Art History, Aesthetic Philosophy, Film Theory & History, and Cultural Management & Leadership. Since 2001, she has worked independently to initiate, produce, and curate many projects in Stavanger, where she is also an educator and also serves on the Advisory Board of Kunsthall Stavanger. She is co-founder and co-curator of the artist-run space Prosjektrom Normanns (2010) and co-founder and co-owner of Erfjordgata 8 (2013), a coworking space, both located in Stavanger.
Recent solo exhibitions include "Locus Mien" at Torrance Shipman Gallery, New York, NY, solo, Curated by Meaghan Kent/Site95; "Hither/Thereat" at Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL (2015); "Herein" at Open Source Gallery, New York (2013). Selected group and duo exhibitions; "Transcendental Tactility", Open Source Gallery, New York, curated by Prosjektrom Normanns (2016); "We all have good taste - Miami" at Tub gallery, Miami, FL, curated by Alexis Callado Estefania (2015); "ee/aa" at Another Space, Copenhagen, duo with Eugenio Espinoza (USA) (2014); "Quattro" at Interno4, Bologna, Italy (2013); "Utopia" at Galería Des Pacio de la Cruz, San Jose, Costa Rica, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud (2013); "The Meeting" on ISCP, New York, curated by Nick Kline (USA) and Monika Wuhrer (USA) (2012); The 124. Annual National Art Exhibition in Norway, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (2011). She has participated at UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami, FL, with Prosjektrom Normanns, Norway (2015/2014/2012).