Current States I is the first public exhibition of a process that I’ve been involved in for quite some time. For me Current States refers to the moving, changing and flowing qualities of our time where the Now seems to be infinitely hard to reach. It also refers to water, as liquid, ice or gas and it can also imply something immobile, static and unchanging in a time of turmoil. This for me is also a reference to place: my own and our place as a species in relation to everything else on this planet. Where I am right now (not in an hour or tomorrow or next year) seems to be extremely important to pay attention to.
This spring I spent around 10 weeks mostly alone at my family’s summer place in Lokalahti in Southwestern Finland in quarantine during the Covid-19 outbreak. Many of the exhibited works have taken their first breaths during this time. Some of the works have a longer history. Some shorter.
I’m interested in many things. I practice focusing my attention on everything around me especially in relation to the changing seasons from spring to summer and onwards to autumn and winter. As the world changes so do I. I try to think of myself as being equal to those that I meet, be it a snail, tree or flower.
We are a part of this place. Not visitors.
That’s a huge difference.
Current States I includes three collaborative artworks. Two audiovisual works where I am collaborating with sound artist Walter Sallinen and one together with photographer Tuukka Pasanen combining drawings and photographs. These encounters together are of vital importance and I am very happy and honored to have the chance to be collaborating with them here.
The first work of this series Centre of Our Universe (Exhibited at Mäntän Kuvataideviikot 2019) focused on our dependence on fresh water to survive. A few of the works in this exhibition touch on this theme too. Water is of huge importance to me. So are trees and plants. Further on many of the works also deal with themes and questions surrounding death, loneliness, entropy, peace, colour, equality, ecology, perception and time. The weeks spent alone in the woods and by the lakeside was hard in many ways but still one of the best things that has happened to me in many years. I can’t recall when I’d had such time for observation. Every day is a new day, truly. And when it was time to leave. I did not want to. And here on display are now a few of these thoughts that rose during that time.
I would like to thank Koneen Säätiö for making it possible for me to spend my days in isolation observing the natural world without worries about income during the lockdown.
Exhibited at Vapaan Taiteen Tila in Helsinki 15-20.10.2020