Photographer creates retro-dystopia from Spare Parts of House Appliances
My work is an exploration of identity and perception combining both digital and analogue techniques. I often take departure from physical miniatures of landscapes and architectural spaces, combined with textures and objects I would photograph to use as building blocks in the editing process. It is important for me that these final images retain an uncanny balance between the natural and the constructed, playing with scale and perspective to make the viewer question what they see: to which extent are these images real and what reality do they represent?
The series In Vacuo is a result of my ongoing study of mundane objects, their evocative potential and architectural affordances. In “In Vacuo” I worked with spare parts of household appliances. Stripped from context and scale, these objects are set into landscapes, where they become vehicles of the uncanny. Familiar shapes, yet distant and out of place, litter strange horizons like monolithic remnants of a world that once might have been ours. The series was inspired by the haunting and poetic visual universe of Stalker and Solaris by Russian filmmaker, Andrei Tarkovsky. [Commissioned work for Vm Elektro A/S Denmark, a company who sales spare parts for household appliances.]
About Lise Johansson
Lise Johansson (1985) is a Danish Fine Art Photographer currently based in Copenhagen. She was born and raised in Sæby (Denmark), then for years dedicated her life to traveling. There is a strong personal character to her works: a sense of abandonment and the curiosity towards the unknown.The main focus of Johansson´s work is perception, identity and belonging. Johansson leaves the spectator in the space between familiarity and strangeness and questions the relationship between the human being and the world we perceive as real.
Johansson is educated as a professional photographer (Media College Denmark, 2016), and she is using her technical perfection as a painter uses her brush. Objects are being photographed in the studio which then become building blocks for digital collages bound together through her masterful use of light.Her technique gives her creative freedom to construct the images. By mixing everyday objects and images of people with digital editing, Johansson creates realistic imaginary situations. The final images retain an uncanny balance between the natural and the constructed, playing with scale and perspective to make the viewer question what they see: to which extent are these images real and what reality do they represent?. Lise Johansson is a promising artist. For the last two years, she was awarded several prices. She is the 1st place winner in the Sony World Photography Awards in the National and the Enhanced Category, Open. [Official Website]