My goal is to raise awareness of mental health through my work. «Between Intervals» is a plunge into the darker sides of the human mind, and the images are visual representations of my own experiences with mental illness.
I only photographed myself and my children for this series in order to make the work as honest as possible. The pictures tell about those who are gripped by darkness, isolation and sadness, and about relationships with close family. They tell about the lack of belonging, to live in a separate world that few or no others can enter or understand. It's about the fog that comes creeping, which overpowers and paralyzes, the invisible disease.
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.
Growing up in the 1990’s I never experienced limitations because of my gender. I took it for granted that I could be whatever I wanted to be. It was not until I got older that I realized that I actually do not have the same possibilities as men. This realization made me aware of the women of the past and their limited rights and possibilities.
I wanted to explore this topic further and created a series of images portraying the dreams of young girls throughout an alternative history. With this project I have created an utopia where male dominance does not exist and women have the exact same opportunities as men. What kind of hopes would young girls have for their future in such a world? The images portrays a young girl imagining herself in occupations that were typically male dominated in the earlier days. The images have an painterly and timeless quality to them, and portray the different occupations in a playful and childlike way.
I created this series together with my 7 year old daughter, and it has been an educational experience for her. We talked about how women have been, and still are treated different than men. We brainstormed ideas together and she is the model in all of the images.