The borders between photography and painting become blurred in the works by Ditte Knus Tønnesen in the exhibition Dissolving Boundaries. Armed with her camera she travelles out into the wilderness to investigate man’s manipultion of the nordic nature. The structural changes in the landscape caused by the constant search for new ressources underlines the contrast between the natural and the manmade.
The dichotomy is expressed in Tønnesens work, where she by dealing in an abstract sense with the landscapes, detach fragments of the images whereby creating a distance between ourselves and our understanding of reality. This experience is supported by Tønnesen’s use of materials, where the photographs are displayed in ways not acustomed to the medium.
Sheets of bamboo, poplar, MDF and concrete are exposed to the liquid photographic emulsion, exceeding the regular confinements of the photograph, while at the same time creating a connection to the original materiality of the motif. The classical landscape painting is reinterpreted through her photographs, while simultaneously refering to the great nordic abstract painterly tradition.