Om Heidi Borg
My work explores the Nordic equivalent of the Southeast Asian philosophy of emptiness, impermanence and interdependence. My visual language revolves around the narrative of time and space, using cityscapes and the Nordic light as subject matter to evoke ambiguous images with a sense of mystery.
In nature, phenomena such as water, clouds, fog and smoke show traits of impermanence and interdependence. With this in mind, I process the images through digital and physical manipulation to shift their meaning towards a narrative of time, space and the mystery of dusk and dawn. These processes add intriguing layers of meaning for the viewer to interpret and engage with. I use the intimacy of the book to invite the audience to slow down and be present with my work.
My reasons for working on this topic are twofold. Firstly, I believe that it is extremely unhealthy to live in a society where speed, business and growth are dominant symbols of success. This way of living not only destroys our planet by exploiting natural resources, but also exploits people. Second, because of this stressful lifestyle, many people in the West seek out Southeastern philosophies, such as yoga, mindfulness, and meditation, as an antidote to their stressful everyday lives. I would like to question what the Nordic equivalent of Southeast Asian philosophy looks like and invite the viewer to slow down and enjoy the fullness of their own surroundings.