Obstacle

Porvoon Taidehalli

10.1.–2.2.2020

The character of my paintings is often changing, like light or wind. As though something were seeking a more appropriate form. Always asking: what exactly is it within ourselves which is trying to break free?

 

I often refer to my work as a finding of points of encounter. The ricochets for my paintings are often stimulated by a visual observation from daily life, loaded with some psychological or societal theme. The stepping out of something subconscious from the image interests me. Creating an image can be a process where something significant becomes visible.

 

An observation can be found, for example, in the multitude of things in our world. It can be a truck filled with stacks of buckets, clinging to each other. Or a fairground claw machine filled with hidden prizes, lizard-like, fragile and transient creatures. The domineering and stark claw waits for the next player to succeed. 

 

Obstacle brings together paintings from different series from the past few years.

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Waiting for Your Performance, 2018, gum arabic tempera, agar-agar, cotton, 160 x 120 cm

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Glowing Yellow Earth like a Warning Traffic Sign, 2018, gum arabic tempera, agar-agar, cotton, 145 x 110 cm

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Threat?, 2019, earth pigments, gum arabic tempera, agar agar, old sweatshirt

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Unreachable, 2018, gum arabic tempera, agar-agar, cotton, 140 x 160 cm

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Osoitettu paikka menettää merkityksen, 2019, gum arabic tempera, agar-agar, cotton, 75x145 cm

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Libido vs Thanatos, 2016, oil on cotton, 200 x 150 cm

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Getting Together, 2018, gum arabic tempera, agar-agar, cotton, 144 x 144 cm 

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Today is a Royal Bus, 2018, gum arabic tempera, agar-agar, cotton, 121 x 95 cm

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Mennä, 2019, gum arabic tempera, agar-agar, cotton, 131 x 145 cm

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 We See Glimpses, But it Fumbles Away, 2018, gum arabic tempera, agar-agar, cotton, 120 x 173 cm 

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Crumbs and a Creaking of the Back Door, 2019, earth pigments, indigo, gum arabic tempera, agar agar, old trousers

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Obstacle and Disappearing Birds, 2019, earth pigments, indigo, gum arabic tempera, agar agar, old trousers

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Out of Reach, 2019, earth pigments, gum arabic tempera, agar agar, old sweatshirt

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I Guess it’s a Burden of Our Time, 2019, earth pigments, gum arabic tempera, agar agar, old jeans

Photos: Hanna Råst