“I am not interested in straightforward documentation, but instead strive to convey a specific feeling and mood.”
Photographer Natalia Mikkola paints with her camera lens – exploring exotic places, creating mystical scenes blurring the boundaries between the real and the imagined. In “Sylt, Kampen, Nordfriesland”, a graphic landscape slowly evolves right before your eyes.
Stark images of Iceland, Karelia, Victoria Falls in Zimbawe and South Africa’s magnificent wildlife are proof that Natalia Mikkola does not merely document. She does not retouch her images. Working instead with technical sophistication and montage, she varnishes her works with a magical sense of the sensual and mythical. From quite different areas of the world, such as London and Milan, come her series “Images and Identity”.
Natalia Mikkola grew up on the Crimean peninsula in the Ukraine. It was here at weekend excursions with her grandmother, an avid art expert, along with a multitude of visits to Vorontsov Palace, summer residence and park of the royal family, laid the groundwork for where she is today.
Shortly after her arrival to Åland 20 years ago, Natalia studied fine art at Ålands Folkhögskola where she was free to experiment within various media. Before finding her own photographic expression she filled her days with studies in the field of economics – business administration and logistics – while also finding the time to study maritime and transport law. Natalia’s general studies in fine art sowed a seed that could not be prevented from germinating, neither by mercantile skills nor family duties. Natalia Mikkola returned therefore in 2011 to Ålands Folkhögskola to study nature photography.
Her work has already been picked up by noted art collectors and she will exhibit in Berlin in October, at a well-known exhibition space. In Stockholm she has exhibited with CVB Art, whose owner and director Catarina von Baumgarten’s extensive fine arts background extends as far as Bukowskis. Natalia has also shown her work at Grand Relations/No 18, the Art and Antique Fair in Helsingborg, the Åland Museum of Art and Gallery Skarpans in Mariehamn, with solo exhibitions at the Åland Maritime Museum and the Mariehamn City Library. Her Fine Art prints mounted on plexiglas are produced at a renowned studio in Dusseldorf with license for ®Diasec.
Natalia Mikkola is one of Galleri Duerr’s exhibitors at the Affordable Art Fair Stockholm October 1-4. Do not miss her Behind the Scenes Art Talk together with contemporary Irish artist Alannan Robins – whose five meter tall wooden sculpture, ”Woman of the Water” has been ranked by The Guardian as one of the top eight sculptures of the female figure in England – Thursday, October 1 at 1.30 pm in Galleri Duerr´s booth nr. C8. See our other artists as well during the fair.