Northern Gothic is a collection of self- portraits in addition to a portrait of my own daughter.
The connection between the human mind and nature is a reoccurring theme in my work. I grew up surrounded by the harsh but hauntingly beautiful Norwegian nature and with this body of work I wanted to explore how my surroundings has affected me.
The contrast between the long, cold and dark winters and the midnight sun of the Norwegian summer is strong. There is hardly anything in the middle. The struggles with deep depressions during the winters because of lack of light and the insomnia during the bright summer nights are parts of my upbringing.
The color red is a common thread that binds several of the images together. It represents my bloodline, flesh and roots that interacts with the bleak nordic landscape.