LIGHT, COLOURS AND THE SHIFTING PLAYS IN-BETWEEN
- on Christina Augustesen´s Lightsculptures
Christina Augustesen’s sculptures revolve around the dynamics of light. From observing colours, shades and shifts, Augustesen captures and archives what could be described as ‘light testaments’. City landscapes, forest trees, the ocean and any kind of topographic landscape play a role in how light is reflected and affected. Also seasons, geographic location and the flow of light within architectural structures are continuous sources of inspiration.
“My inspiration for working with light and colours stems from an understanding of light as a dynamic phenomenon, including understanding how colours occur in light’s refractions. Likewise, I am inspired by the ways that light and colours help accentuate different spaces and create diverse atmospheres. My primary interest is in the interactions occurring in-between the immateriality of light and the materiality of surfaces, including the ways in which these two are co-dependent upon one other, and consequently enable people to perceive surfaces and spaces in meaningful and inspiring ways.”
Wind carrying clouds across the sun, a grey sky or the movement of the sun from East to West during the course of day are all factors in how light appears. Every day phenomena, which Augustesen has an affection with and a special ability to perceive. Augustesen extracts colour nuances, motion and intensity, which are essential characteristics and key elements when she creates her spatial light sculptures.
Within acrylic geometric boxes Augustesen gives shape to the observed ´light testaments’. Daylight as well as programmed electric light is framed and structured in various box shapes ranging from small cases to large scale outdoor cylindrical installations. By using translucent acrylic sheets as canvases Augustesen illuminates the surfaces from behind in fixed temporal duration. When the light passes through the space and through the transparent and coloured surfaces, it creates depth and new colour creations.
Depending on the amount of light, layers of space and selected colours, different colour combinations are created ranging from delicate shades to more deeply saturated hues. Adding the diffuse light employs different tones and modulations between the shifting colours creating an even larger palette of different colorations. The shifting is harmonized in temporal intervals creating a mellow natural feel as the pace is slow, and set to resemble the changeability of the daylight.
Augustesen has her own distinct approach to light and colour. She is inspired by pioneers as Marc Rothko, Josef Albers and Johannes Itten, and with an architectural background, her practice draws on several foundations. Every day phenomena, which might pass on unnoticed, are being accentuated and made visible in tangible sculptures. She renders shifts and transition to promote attentiveness and presence. With slow and gradual motion Augustesen makes us aware of our own sensory perception. We are exposed to a recognizable universal sensation unheeded cultural, national or religious background, but simply based on our surroundings. We are all sentient beings no matter favorite shade or what individual recollections the colours will raise. Augustesen’s work brings attention to the fact, that we are all a part of some kind of lightlandscape and the cycle of nature.
Natalia Gutman, May 2019