Mariell Amélie‘s self portraits are meditative photographs, pictures that are wholly rooted in her childhood home in the Arctic circle. On a small Island in Northern Norway called Andøya which provides the backdrop and inspiration for her emotive images, photographs that bring a stillness and a calmness to our frenetic world.
As a young artist utterly consumed by nature, and in particular a landscape that is marked by severe weather conditions, Amélie continually seeks new connections between nature and man, existential questions that are both provocative and beautiful; the absence of modernity, of other people, giving each image an eerie presence that reminds us that ultimately we are alone, that everyday concerns are of no significance when faced with the timeless grandeur of the world around us. This juxtaposition questions both our priorities and concerns as well as our indifference to the landscape and society in which we reside, endlessly speculating, consuming and praying at the feet of Mammon.
This meditative act refutes our need to consume, each photograph reminding us that the richness we desire is omnipresent in the natural world, in our environment, if only we stop and take cognisance of it, if only we open our eyes to the everyday glory of it. However within their beauty lies a deep melancholia, as if this journey of discovery is one of aloneness, each photograph suggesting that to achieve solace, balance and the space to reflect on the nature of our existence we must step away from the madding crowd and strike out alone. Here’s what she has to say about her work:
I grew up on a very remote island called Andøya, above the Arctic Circle in Norway. Growing up as an only child in such a place does something to you. I spent hours observing the Atlantic Ocean, and how the wind would toss things around outside my bedroom window. I like sewing, looking at pretty things, touching fabrics, smelling wood, cooking and baking and playing board games with my friends.
This is a tactile artist who takes pleasure in the simple things life has to offer and through her art has much to teach us on the nature of life in a materialistic society.