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Lapponian gate
Elin Lahdenperä

Lapponian gate



Title: Lapponian gate
Year: 2021
Size: 57 x 76,7 cm
Technique: watercolor on watercolor paper.

Living in Tromsø in northern Norway, north of the arctic circle, I am surrounded by a majestic nature that is constantly changing with the seasons. The high mountains are for me extra fascinating and they often make me, with horror-mixed delight, fantasize about how it would feel to be at the top right now. What would I see?
This painting, named after the Lapponian gate, a U-shaped valley between two mountains in Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland, shows a common sight for me: the sun has set on my side of the mountains and I am in shadow and dusk. But between the mountain peaks I can still glimpse the last sun rays coloring the sky pink. In the same way that I often imagine what it would be like at the top of the mountain, this paint-ing makes me wonder: what does it look like on the other side of the mountain right now? With the burning evening sky as my only clue, I can only guess. At least until I reach that mountain top and can see for myself.

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