In Search of the Miraculous

Years ago I bought a book by Ouspensky with the title In Search of the Miraculous. I came to live by these words: What happens or may happen, may depend on these three causes: Upon accident, upon fate, or upon our own free will. I have an unquestionable belief in subliminal messages that are presented to me; within fractions of a second there is something specific that fully grabs my attention. It can be anything. An image, a person, a word, a sound, an insect, an event. I trust each and every clue knowing that if I listen and act, in time I will be enriched by a new adventure, a new meeting, a new experience, a new perspective. Living a nomadic life I am most often somewhere else, but always here wherever I am. Photography are one of my methods of exploring time. Today is Sunday. Take your time.


“If you wait for something to pass you do not wait in vain. For in the meantime there is a kind of peace, or so it would seem. Some rely on it so much they keep their secrets until they die.
The surface becomes an idol for their sacrifice, love must be sacrificed for a picture of love. Photographers do not spend their whole lives taking photos in order to recall surfaces, but what has happened just before or long before, and what will happen immediately afterwards.”

(Hanne E. Bramness, No film in the camera)


Mathilde Helene Pettersen – Searching for Cloudberries

Mathilde Pettersen’s work can be seen as a sensitive family portrait that shows the anxiety and sincerity of motherhood. Her projects portray in a nuanced way aging and dissolving and at the same time the journey of life in photographs from birth, days by the sea, blood on a pillow and a bouquet of the early summers blooming. Mathilde’s project could even show an active feminist action when you as a woman photograph your own children and integrates the work in your artistic practise.

© Mathilde Pettersen

© Mathilde Pettersen

© Mathilde Pettersen

© Mathilde Pettersen

© Mathilde Pettersen

© Mathilde Pettersen


Thale Fastvold – Ghost of M 

Thale Fastvold works with artistic research. Through her art projects she explores her subjects using various materials and methods. She is concerned with ecology, veganism and spirituality, and the new generation (iGen) in relation to internet and living at the peak of information.

“To be part of today’s global conversations about climate change, science, technology and eco feminism – how to learn from each other through dialog and collaboration between different fields, backgrounds and age groups, is a key factor in my work.”

© Thale Fastvold

© Thale Fastvold

© Thale Fastvold

© Thale Fastvold

© Thale Fastvold

 

Siri Ekker Svendsen – Presence of Things Unseen / Between Attraction and Void

Siri Ekker Svendsen works primarily with the relationship between nature, perception and consciousness, and where the distinction is drawn between the physical world and the human perception and imagination. She examine this issue through photography and video, with motives of natural phenomena, trees, plants, animals and humans, often in a state of transformation or interaction. Many of her works are based on biology, psychology and mythological material.

Her photographic practice is based on analog camera and film, where the accompanying restriction and risk is an important part of the process. She works with both staging, studies and found motifs, and uses these methods interchangeably within the same series.

 

© Siri Ekker Svendsen

© Siri Ekker Svendsen

© Siri Ekker Svendsen

© Siri Ekker Svendsen

© Siri Ekker Svendsen / Between Attraction and Void

© Siri Ekker Svendsen / Between Attraction and Void

 

Marianne Bjørnmyr – Your Penumbra

Marianne Bjørnmyr works with research based photography, concerned around our perception of the photograph’s approach to reality, where the presentation of the photograph is set up against our understanding, interpretation and generated perception of imagery. Through theoretical and practical experimentation around photographic presentation she explores phenomena and visual representation, and the photograph’s role in conveying objects and surroundings is set up against our understanding.

The work Your Penumbra (2015-2017) is communicating an inverted contemporary astronomic aspect: a claustrophobic impossibility of ever being able to see the recorded objects with the naked eye. The work displays a constellation of images where sprinkles of start dust have been exposed on photographic paper, presenting us with a starry sky, hints of foggy nebulas and empty space, leaving traces of their physical existence. Together with glass sculptures with trapped meteorites the involved elements are together and in their own way examining the fascinating and misleading specifics of the photograph.

© Marianne Bjørnmyr

© Marianne Bjørnmyr

© Marianne Bjørnmyr

© Marianne Bjørnmyr

© Marianne Bjørnmyr