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Crossroads, #1–5, 2009 (variation 1 photographs)
In this photographic series I alienate urban objects by removing them from their familiar environment and placing them in a totally new context. In this manner, the unrelated objects melt into one, creating a totally strange environment. Despite the harmonious compositions, the sense of isolation and exposure doesn’t cease to exist.
In my artwork I focus primarily on the juxtaposition of rural and urban sceneries exposing their contrasts and contradictions. The themes that I depict appear to be familiar but nevertheless contain an element of strangeness. Architecture and landscapes are central motifs; yet, I am not interested in the mere depiction of sceneries but wish rather to convey the mood arising from their appearance; to visualise a psychological and mental frame of mind; to evoke an atmosphere of alienation.
The techniques I apply are photography, various forms of printmaking, drawing and video-installation. The combination of various media allows room for experimentation and hence a less controllable outcome which I favour and seek in my practice. I begin the work by using photography as a form of sketching. Wandering through cities or landscapes and looking through the lens enables me to narrow down and focus my view on details. Inspired by the memory and fascination for the surreal and ambivalent character of mythical tales, I seek to find what kind of stories the picture-frames evoke. I then combine various images by over-layering them, by using various forms of printmaking, collage or drawing in order to alienate the motives, to distort or dislocate them, to intensify an atmospheric mood and to create new fictitious situations and stories. I am interested in the sensational experience the image evokes…
ISSN 1799-8549 (Painettu/Printed)
ISSN 1799-8557 (Verkkolehti/Online)
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