72 x 93 cm | 28 x 36 in
Original painting in oil on linen.
"Nikkaluokta is an exploration into our relationship with nature, inspired by family trips to the very north of Sweden when I was a child. I am interested in our relationship to nature, but also how this forms our interpersonal relationships. This painting was made using a process where I apply several layers of oil paint on the linen and then erase parts of it with a cloth or sponge; letting previous layers re-appear in the shape of a forest in the background."
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.