In the visual arts there has always been a
great interest in depicting younger and mature women, but although women
generally live longer than men, portraits of older women are rarely present in
It may appear paradoxical that while we
over the years can experience greater existential calm and fulfillment, most of
us have a negative relation to the physical aging marks. When I focus on older
women with my camera, I encounter incredibly great scaminess and almost shame
over wrinkles, turkey necks, hanging skin bags and deep lines.
It has probably something to do with the
influence of our culture's worship of youth which, for many women means, that
not only are we using makeup to look younger and more beautiful in the face, but some
women even make surgical procedures and spray fillers in order to remove the
traces of ageing.
And then, in reality, these traces are so
exciting to explore, because they and show who we really are and actually have
I focus on these traces and lines that
tells something about the life we have lived.
Play with light and shadow as in the
photograph and with the diffuse and distinct,
which is just possible with the pigments
sailing over wet surfaces.
The inspiration is the Nordic nature, both
geologically, vegetabilt and animal.
In the “morlille” (old women) series, once
again you will find my fascination with older women, which I have a clear
I notice older women everywhere and think
it's exciting to depict us as we now appear:
Impaired walk, bent back, ... still
active, albeit with reduced pace, thoughtful, mellowed, awaiting the passing of