I spent a lot of time in the forest growing up in Sweden but my entire adult life living in the city. Through my experiments with dancers and circus artists I came back to explore nature and, maybe because of that childhood connection, it triggered a great sense of adventure in me.
Naturally was born from that inspiration to explore, both the landscape and our role within it. Working with the naked figure in nature is straight forward, there is an obvious connection with our natural history. I’m interested in what happens when I introduce cultural elements – color, shape and dance gestures – to question that relationship.
What fascinates me about dancers, is how they use and perfect such a large range of movements, from the organic to the decidely artificial, such as pointed feet. My choice of other elements build on that contrast, both integrating into the scene and serving as a focal point. The placement and choice of color add a symbolic layer, creating possibly unexpected interpretations.
Naturally is also a personal journey of exploration for me. My interventions took on a theme of tension between order and chaos. I like to align, structure, analyse and ultimately control – in a visual sense – the world around me. The dancers with their free expression confronts me with an opportunity to let go of a bit of my control and let the chaos unfold. In a way the dancer in my work also comes to embody my original childhood playfulness.
I'm a visual artist working primarily with photography, but I also make short films. I collaborate closely with dancers and circus artists and draw inspiration from the body, nature, architecture and digital technology.
My first book Undisclosed about the inspiring and physical work of circus artists was published in 2011 to positive reviews. Since then I have exhibited internationally and I have had solo shows in the UK, the Netherlands, Canada and the US as well as being featured in several prominent group shows. In 2014, I was commissioned by the Roundhouse to present Luminescence, a site-specific exhibition which was supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
I'm currently working on Naturally, a project featuring male dancers in nature, which will be published later this year. My work has been featured on NOWNESS and in Creative Review, The Huffington Post and Kinfolk among others.
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