The exhibition consists of different kind of portraits: pine trees and human beings.
"I have thought about the possibility of approach. I see the sculpture called Likeness as a three-dimensional modeling on the idea of the ethical meeting: you couldn't see well if you looked straight towards the Other. In that exhibition I juxtaposed a sculpture with etchings which I have carved on the reverse side of used copper plates. The sculpture was a part of my MFA degree work in 2012. Etchings (2009) has not been exhibited before.
The series of pine trees (2016-2017) was exhibited for the first time as a part of my solo exhibition Naarmankaira in the gallery Sculptor in Helsinki during the summer of 2017. I brief the background of this drawing series and Naarmankaira -theme:
Some years ago I spent the New Year holidays in the old lumberjack cabin in Naarmankaira, which is a large wilderness area in the North-eastern part of the Rovaniemi municipality in Lapland. Nowadays this area is better known as the Rovajärvi Firing Range. Somebody had carried exploded grenades to the sauna, meaning to use them as candleholders. I started to think how these metal objects (Naarmankaira forests are full of them) somehow replace the objects of the previous fishing culture: wooden statues that are called Roundheads, Fish votives or Fish statues - the used name depends on how one understands the meaning of these objects. I asked myself what kind of things are possible and visible within our culture. I started to think about trees.
Could you see a tree as art? Could that tree be a part of the culture? Whose culture?
Originally the word "culture" refers to the agriculture. Via that etymological background, I see the connection between the conception of the western culture and (maximal) capitalizing of the land, which has created the concept of the ownership of the land. The Western way to understand culture as a relationship between capitalizing and ownership met a very different cultural understanding of the use and ownership of land in Lapland. From the Western point of view, the culture leaves marks, and in Lapland these kind of marks didn't exist. From the Western (or the Southern, as we tend to say in Lapland) point of view Lapland has been seen as a peripheral and virgin No Man's Land. That's why the major parts of Finnish Lapland are still state-owned."
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