Untitled (Refraction 1), 2022
Pigment print on archival paper
126.5 x 97 cm, edition of 5 + AP
Further options: 60 x 46.5 cm.
Sandra Kantanen has been delving into
the world of landscape photography for two decades. Her fascination
with creating idealized, surreal sceneries was born out of inspiration
from Chinese landscape painting and a need to understand their way of
looking at nature.
"During my stay in Asia, I learned that most of the sacred mountains they had depicted for thousands of years had been almost completely destroyed by pollution and tourism," says the artist. Hence, her interest in places marked by history or environmental disaster, and the need to discern what’s real and what’s not. However, her path is in a gray area that lies between an Eastern way of seeing and a Western sense of romanticism. Aesthetically, she questions what we, as a culture, consider ideal.
In her works, Kantanen uses her painterly sense; diffused light and her ability to manipulate digital images. In processing, she sometimes leaves photographs as they were taken or manipulates them, stretching the pixels so much that appear to be as fluid as paint. Kantanen's photographs can best be described in her own words as "mindscapes."