31 x 43 cm | 12 x 16 in
Original painting in oil on linen.
"Inspired by an old photograph, this painting is about growing up and taking those steps through life which will form your own path; hopefully with a helping hand of those close to you. The characters in the painting have been lifted from the original environment and placed in a new and dreamlike environment; in many ways mimicking how we alter the perception of the past allowing memories to become only what we wish to remember."
The classical scholar Georg Christof Tobler impressed Goethe, in 1782, when he wrote of the dual quality of nature. He exclaimed that within nature “we find ourselves at once surrounded and embraced by her – powerless to leave her, and powerless to fathom her more deeply”. Susanne Lund Pangrazio’s work seems very much inspired by the same idea of the power nature holds over humankind. She harnesses the idea of nature as both a challenge to humans and as a place of awe by incorporating elements of memory, folklore and fantasy. The work echoes the same dream-like nature of the paintings of Henri Rousseau and similarly, opens a dialogue to realms of artistic possibility. The paintings each use gentle, realistic tones which melt into fleshy, vivid colours creating unsettling narratives and which trace the spectacle of trying to control the enigmatic natural world.