THE NORWEGIAN ASSOCIATION OF FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHERS
About Maria Natalie Skjeset
Maria Natalie Skjeset (born 1990, Bærum), visual artist living in Stange, Norway. Mainly working with photo-based digital graphic artwork (d.g.a) and fine art photography. Graduated with a bachelor's degree in Virtual Art and Design from Hedmark University College in 2013.
My art is mainly figurative works containing elements of abstraction merged with symbolism. I tend to look beyond the everyday world for topics to blend into my pictures, like spiritual aspects and surreal dreamscapes. I am inspired by beauty, mythology and nature, and I prefer to work with organic and natural objects and subjects such as flowers, trees, animals and humans. Some of the pictures are also based on self portraits. As an artist I seek harmony, and I try to observe the aesthetic value of all things in life.
The pictures express inner, spiritual and emotional processes where the mind makes a conscious choice of colors, surfaces and shapes to create something visually harmonic. The composition contains recognizable, perishable elements, while hinting on a deeper meaning in each motif.
My working method is very intuitive where I use photography as a medium. The photographing of motifs often happens without a specific intention of what the photographs will be used for, but is more of a way to collect the pieces for the final expression. I use an autodidact technique where I'm digitally tearing the photographs apart before building up a new motif to create a painterly feel.
The pictures are created entirely by combining multiple layers of several photographs in a digital photo collage, manipulated in a digital darkroom. This photo-based technique can be described as digital graphic artwork (d.g.a).