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Kirsten Klein

Kirsten Klein (b. 1945) finished her training as a photographer in 1966 and has worked as a self-employed photographer since 1970. She made her artistic debut the previous year.
 
Kirsten Klein, like John Olsen and Inge Lise Westman, is an artist in whose work figuration is linked to nature and tradition. Her art draws inspiration from nature itself, acknowledging its vital importance to man’s existence. Kirsten Klein’s art is dominated by a Romantic perception of nature.
 
Consequently the forces of nature are in focus. The interplay of the natural elements of water, air and earth is integral to her vision. And her lens captures the monumentality of the Danish – but also the Norse – landscape again and again. At times, however, she does zero in on her subject, showing her mastery of the close crop, as well.
 
Kirsten Klein has a particular fondness for clouds. The low-hanging kind that shrouds the ground in a heavy blanket like a fog, as well as the big, dramatic cumulus clouds that appear on the horizon like towering mountain ranges. She has also explored the cloud motif, pure and simple, and this is where Kirsten Klein’s concern with the abstract qualities of the picture, such as form and texture, comes to the fore.
 
Over the years Kirsten Klein has travelled in many countries, but the island of Mors in The Limfjord is particularly close to the artist’s heart. This is where she lives and from where she takes the major part of her motifs. Kirsten Klein works in all weathers and in all seasons, and her photos demonstrate her exceptional familiarity with nature. Her universe abounds in wind-swept trees, small clearings and the sea that encircles Mors.
 
The transition between near and far and the wealth of shades of grey that lie in between the black of the shadow and the white light is what interests Kirsten Klein. She is a sensitive aesthete; a fact that is reflected in her love of portraying the dead wind-swept tree under the moon rendering it infinitely beautiful. Generally speaking there is often a hint of melancholy in her art.
 
Kirsten Klein is interested in old photographic techniques. She has for instance made use of a pinhole camera. This lends a surprising touch of elusiveness to what is otherwise tangible photography.
Kirsten Klein.