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Astrid Kruse Jensen

Astrid Kruse Jensen 

Among the most established visual artists in Denmark, Astrid Kruse Jensen is renowned for her dreamy photographs that blur the boundaries between memory, consciousness, reality and illusion. Specificity of time and place dissolve as the viewer is taken on an atmospheric, open-ended journey. Technical innovations allow Kruse Jensen to create photographs that question the medium itself and its reliability as a document of reality. In her 2014-15 series Fragments of Remembrance using old negatives of her family, she dripped photographic developer directly onto the paper to create splashes of focus that loom out of the white background like snatched glimpses of history. With her ethereal series Disappearing into the Past and Within the Landscape (both 2010-12), Kruse Jensen used an old polaroid camera and expired film to introduce unpredictability into her painterly compositions, creating light-drenched images that veer between concrete and mental landscapes. This disorientation is similarly evoked in her recent razor-sharp photographs of natural scenery and domestic interiors, which present a series of reflections devoid of bearings by which to distinguish up from down or mirror from image, pointing to the duplicity of perception.

Kruse Jensen was born in 1975 and trained at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and the Glasgow School of Art, UK. She has exhibited extensively in Europe, as well as in America, China and India. Her works are represented in several collections such as The National Museum for Photography, Denmark, The George Eastman House, Rochester, USA, Artotheque de Caen, France, Manchester City Gallery, UK and at AROS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark. She lives and works in Copenhagen.