“Nature Is A Haunted House – But Art – A House That Tries To Be Haunted.” Emily Dickinson
On the moors of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, or resting in the foggy forests of Grimm’s fables, is where you would expect to find Nona Limmen’s haunting protagonists. Her photographs recall enigmatic woodland spirits, eerily enchanted deities, goddesses that hold the power of the universe in their bewitched fingers.
Nona was born and raised in Beverwijk, close to the North Sea and a short train ride from Amsterdam. She recalls her youth as a wellspring of inspiration, “Childhood was the place where my earliest forms of art were to take place and it still has an impact on the art I make today...I believe my subconscious still pulls from these emotions and memories when I’m planning new projects and ideas.” It’s no wonder then, that many of her photographs have that quality of childlike veneration, as if she is capturing those events during innocent juvenility that dazzle and stupefy, magical moments that still, in adulthood, mystify and possess. Spurred by her love for “ancient worlds, the unattainable, mythology, ominous tales...archeology and ancient civilizations” her works are imbued with a sense of legendary powers, things without name but of unspeakable alchemical divination.
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