GOSEE TIPP • Follow The Elephant Girl. Helena Blomqvist and her mystic scenes at Angelika Knäpper Gallery, Stockholm
"You’re what?" a rabbit asked a stranger at midnight’s hour.
"Why, I’m the ghost of the sorrowful girl", the stranger replied, "and never did I suppose that rabbits could talk."
"They can’t", the rabbit replied, "I too am a ghost. A ghost from the mind of that sorrowful girl."
No, the next sentence is not ‘Follow the White Rabbit’. Although it is all about white rabbits, little girls, enchanted forests, foxes, mice and overgrown mansions.
Helena Blomqvist deals with death, friendship, ephemerality and the merciless wheel of time. Her photographic works are on show at the Angelika Knäpper Gallery in Stockholm for the fourth time already.
The motifs have been inspired by children’s stories and illustrations by Beatrix Potter as well as the film Gray Gardens and its large old wooden mansion.
The influence of Julia Margaret Cameron’s photographs from the 19th century, whose black & white photographs exuded an exceptional depth, is also an undeniable part of her work.
Only a few of her pictures communicate the title of the exhibition – Helena transforms the tragedy of the ‘Elefanten-Krankheit’ (Elephant’s sickness) into a wonderfully mystic tale. You can see it until the 12th of June. Follow The Elephant Girl.
Helena Blomqvist – The Elephant Girl
Until the 12th of June 2011
Angelika Knäpper Gallery