artist statement - the norwegians
"the norwegians" is about an investigation of - and a reaction to my roots, norwegian society, it's people, culture and social phenomena.
these portraits allow us to investigate a registry of norwegian types . in their faces and clothing, the scientific and visual grounds are freely laid to explore and absorb the character and soul of the true contemporary and historic norwegian.
the choice of color backgrounds refer to nationalistic themes such as the red found in the flag and the identity of the historically prominent social democratic party, the royal blue of the powerful and unruly north sea and the green of the pine forests, with reference to national romanticism, nationalism and the iconic classisism of portraiture, as well as the typical everyday norwegian being you find today.
i have created an ongoing series of portraits containing 50 norwegian men, the series is ongoing as i will continue to register and investigate the theme as we develop with the times. the men i have chosen for the series "the norwegians" are mainly people who are authors, explorers, artists and various other distinct personalities, as well as "everyday" people who embody the character and substance of "norwegianess".
series is accompanied with essays by the prize winning norwegian author
thure erik lund and gerhard sander, grandson of august sander.
The Pink Project is an investigation on the notions of Pink and Euphoria. Pink is not only a color, but has connotations to pleasure and an escapist sphere where the world is harmless and innocent.
pink room has no walls. It is a space of euphoria and contains realms
of the innocent state of being. We experience an adjusted state of
boundless sensitivity, a gravitational field of the absolute and a
horizon of lightness.
light and sound series is about an exploration of the senses, the
experience of a color or the feeling of sound. i work within an abstract/minimal
language that lends itself to expressing the pureness of light , color
and sound .the light and sound panels inhabit a vocabulary of dynamism
, yet stillness which is simultaneously organic and mechanical in
nature. this creates a tension in the visual expression.
and a visual relationship that a related language creates. this exploration of the common dialect of light and sound lies in investigation and instinctual transformation of the notion of sensations and experience. In order to signify it's nature , to translate the substance of instincts and the elements , these experiences must be visually transformed.
anne katrine senstad
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