Drawing on ideas from Walter Benjamin on the aura of the art object and how the era of mechanical reproduction has altered the nature of the work of art, Lilleengen creates unique pieces that express the effects of time on the physical via a camera and technique that are in themselves considered almost as transient: antique, deteriorating and, speaking of handcrafting as a process, something now almost obsolete.
Her latest series, ‘Sommerlys’ meaning ‘summerlight’ (Norwegian), is a photographic study of the long dusks of late midsummer in one of Norway’s most protected nature reserves, Vassfaret. Multiple exposures with a vintage camera onto medium format film capture the delicate and otherworldly balance of light and shade in the extended twilight of a Nordic summer night.
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