NATALIA MIKKOLA “I am not interested in straightforward documentation, but instead strive to convey a specific feeling and mood.” Natalia Mikkola paints with her camera lens - exploring exotic places, creating mystical scenes blurring the boundaries between the real and the imagined. Her stark images of Iceland, Karelia, Victoria Falls and South Africa’s magnificent wildlife are proof that Natalia does not merely document. In “Sylt, Kampen, Nordfriesland”, a graphic landscape slowly evolves – Natalia Mikkola 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. As a child, photographer Natalia Mikkola’s weekend excursions with her grandmother, an avid art expert, 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. Natalia Mikkola’s work has already been picked up by noted art collectors. Her work has been shown throughout Sweden, Åland and with Galleri Duerr at The Borchardt in Berlin, The Stockholm Antiques Fair as well as a solo show at Lydmar Hotel and Galleri Duerr. Her Fine Art prints, mounted on artglas Diasec®, are produced by a renowned lab in Dusseldorf.
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