Author Marianne Nymo‘s debut book, Gryende Hvitt, features a portrait we made together during the Kjerringøy Land Art Residency in 2020, supported by Bodø 2024, Kulturrådet, and Bodø Kommune. An article published in Sykepleien (Norway) describes Nymo’s book as giving a voice to those with dementia.
“Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.” -Rumi
MANGANESE, 2019, film photography, sizes variable. The film exposures from beneath a budding tree in spring are cast in a light reminiscent of the mineral Manganese. The element related to the metabolic processes within the human body are also used in manufacturing to prevent corrosion. The images aesthetically work to create reverence with the relationship humans have with nature. In high concentrations, Manganese is lethal, and in deficits cause great pain.
As Elaine Scarry writes in On Beauty and Being Just, Beauty offers experiences leading to resolutions of inner turmoil. The balance of energy, motivation, and resources for a tree to grow also follows in traditions of seekers and sages of wisdom.
The series is represented by Albumen Gallery.
POSTMODERN SCENERIES, 2009 – 2019, Oslo, Los Angeles, Chicago.
SOMME, film photography, 2019, sizes variable. Somme is a place in France of a gruesome battle, noted for unnamed victors. Without clear winners, a site of indeterminacy offers a series of visual metaphors into the process of understanding nature. By attuning the senses to an ontological memory, the histories of a place can be felt through they body. The framing action in the apparatus of photography invites hypnogogic viewing of the elementals within nature. As virtual impressions (images), the photographs visualise spectrums of feeling through landscape forms. Beauty and brutality, finite and unrelenting, pain and reprieve, are represented in as chromatic windows into relentless changes in the ways life, seasons, and societies, build and fall.
Exhibition at Cyan Studio, Jen Bjelkes Gate 13A, 0562 Oslo, Norway
Surrealistic Landscape images from a neolithic epoch and theology ideas.
20 år jubilium med temaet “Tid” May 25, 26, 27, 2018
“Et fotografi – en brøkdel av et sekund av et eksisterende øyeblikk. Øyeblikket er gått men likevel bevart en brøkdel av et sekund i 20 år er mange bevarte øyeblikk.”
“A photograph – a fraction of a second of an existing moment. The moment has passed but still preserved a fraction of a second for 20 years are many preserved moments.”
Machine Print Photographs from Film Development, made into Postcards.
SENTIRE (GROW), 2017, film photography. Artist note; while I cannot ingest the plant in any capacity, I approach this series with curiosity. There was so much wonder on many levels; the actual labor involved in modern growing practices is full of technology, offering the grower refined nuance in selecting the biological expressions and usage effects. I had often wondered on all the terrible things humans are capable of, why a plant rendering the user inert (in a sense) to the external world, but (as I understand) somehow more in touch with the interior connection with the natural world, could have been criminalised. The decriminalisation of this plant is viewed as a triumph for many people and places, yet has remained a taboo subject and remains illegal in Norway. Photographing these plants led to developing a Poisonous Plants concept over several years; more on a different page, later.
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Image commissioned for Baptism invitation. The image was then printed on Japanese, awagami kozo gelso fiber, paper.
Currere I received an honourable mention in the ND Photo Awards, Conceptual Fine Art category.
Currere I, 2016, 120 x 160 x .5 cm, film photography, digital composition and archival ink print
printed area 110.94 x 151.1 cm ( 43.7 x 59.5 in ) Prints of Currere are available with The Print Ateliér.