Kristine Nydahl is a danish self-portrait artist.
Nydahl has been drawn to creating and storytelling her whole life, and her fascination with the darker parts of being human goes a long way back as well. As a young girl she wrote dark and gloomy stories of heartache, abuse and suicide, dreaming of one day becoming a writer.
In her teens, Nydahl worked as a model, but her hopes of a glorious career in fashion were eventually crushed. As she grew older her body developed and she could no longer live up to the body standards of the fashion industry. Many years of insecurity and struggling with her body image followed - feelings that now have a place in her art.
Her passion for creation and the need to express her rich and tumultuous inner life grew bigger with time. For years she drew pictures and sew clothes, wrote poems and songs, played music, sang, filmed, painted and photographed. As a hurricane, she blew from one medium and idea to the next, never really settling long enough to find her true passion, except expression.
Her initial love for writing led Nydahl to choose an education in journalism. When working for local newspapers, she would often have to supply photographs for articles herself. She quickly fell in love with the visual part of storytelling. This sparked her interest in photography.
Being too shy to ask people to model for her as a relative beginner in photography, she decided to get back in front of the camera herself. This was empowering. As both artist and subject, she found she had complete freedom and control of the creative process. She could express herself honestly, keeping her creative vision pure.
Nydahl’s work is very personal. She uses her art to express her thoughts and emotions and to tell her own story, in the hopes of evoking emotions in the viewer as well. Her work is often moody and melancholic. She finds beauty in sadness, fragility and darkness.
Her art, style and technique is growing and evolving as she grows as a person. The one constant is her solitary way of creating.
She manipulates her photographs to different degrees in order to create her vision. Some photos are heavily manipulated alternate realities made up of many pictures. Some are simple and minimalistic. Her most recent works exist in the balance between reality and fantasy, light and darkness, the beautiful and the upsetting and unsettling.
The need to express herself in many different ways has never faded. Through images, words and music she bares her thoughts and feelings to any viewer and listener, as a self-portrait artist and as a composer, singer and musician.
Image Nation "The New Aesthetics", Fondazione Luciana Matalon, Milan, sept. 24-30 2021