Sandra Kantanen Landscapes

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Foreword: Timothy Persons Texts by: Alistair Hicks, Tomas Träskman Graphic Design: Inger Kulvik-Kantanen English 2011, 128 Pages, 70 Ills. Half cloth 1mm x 1mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3191-1
| On a quest for the essence of nature: an unusual photographic perspective

The poetic works of Sandra Kantanen (*1974 in Helsinki) are more than just landscapes. Strongly influenced by traditional Chinese landscape painting, she at first sought ideal types of motifs in the sacred mountains of China, yet rarely found what she was looking for. It was not until she combined two media and utilized painterly means that she achieved the profound expression she desired. Kantanen printed her early photos on hand-painted metal grounds, thus employing the visual tradition of painting and the connotations of the characteristic artistic style in her work. In the meantime, she has begun digitally processing her photos from China, Japan, Finland, and Tibet, creating distortion, blurring, or streaking, some of which recall the results of overexposure. In this way, the young artist, a graduate of the University of Art and Design, the talent pool in Helsinki, investigates and expands the boundaries of photography itself. Exhibition schedule: Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, June 23–July 23, 2011 | Pyhäniemi Manor Hollala, Finland, July 2–August 14, 2011 | Christophe Guye Galerie Zürich July,7–August 20, 2011 | Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, March 16–April 14, 2012