About Kirsten Swensen
Kirsten Swensen is an Eindhoven/Amsterdam based Photographer and Designer. She obtained her Bachelor in Photography & Design in 2013. Later in 2017 she gave a TEDx talk about her project "The Beauty of Surrender".
Her portraits are considered to be feminine and soft. They often contain moments of fleeting intimacy. Swensen's work embodies the feminine. Close-ups of gestures and hands, faces and expressions, the tension between continuous presence and surrender , the female nude, the still life and the landscape – images that show grace and softness. With her photography, Kirsten tries to push inwards into her subjects, looking to strengthen the unique hidden core and innocence of our being, by trying breaking those barriers, enabling new and stronger connections. Swensen is interested in finding the physical and psychological beauty in the feminine. She wants to emphasize the sensitivity of her subjects. The focus lies on the relationship between the artist and the model. The tangible presence.
”Observing and trust arte very important aspects within my work. I believe our innocence has never left us, we just need to find it again when we become adults. That is why I am always trying to look for glimpes of innocence, surrender, and grace in my subjects. I feel honored by their trust, and the willingness to let down their guards.”
Paintings & Drawings
While studying at the Art & Design academy, she also took some time off in between to visit meditation retreats to study taoism and buddhism. The personal transformation and inspiration that came during those travels created the desire to bring more harmony, balance and peace in the world through art & design.
For Kirsten, balance and harmony is one of the principles elements in art and design, along with unity, proportion, emphasis and rhythm. In her designs she is always looking for the right balance. The process of creating is a meditative, yet playful process. Before deciding on the color, shape or form, she thinks about how a design will be used and how the colors and shapes can influence someone’s well-being. Once she’s ready to a drawing or painting, she lets go of thinking, and starts creating intuitively.
Photos and paintings are available for sale.
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