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Statement

Behind me Quilt of All World, under construction, related to the theme homelessness. The materials are patches from around the world, especially from Africa, the t-shirt from Bahia in Brazil.

 

I make environmental and spatial artwork as well as installations and collages of nature's yield and recycled materials. I grow, gather and beg for my materials by myself and recycle them. Substances are metaphors and means are messages. I use found objects and demolition waste like bricks and plants, especially creepers. Climate change has been my central theme since 2003. In recent years I have charted the intertwined processes of destruction and birth.

I implement my works often into a specific place, on the conditions of the place. Interaction with the surroundings is vitally important to me. Weather, nature and other people bring about coincidences and an element of surprise to my working. An exhibition / artwork is a process that happens in a suitable place; when the whole has come apart, its parts continue their lives in new works. What remains of art? We, the changed (Musil). I document my works by photographing and videoing. This image material, too, I recycle to my new works, such as transportable video and photo works.

Occasional working in South Africa in 2005-2014 has greatly infuenced my colour world and brought people also into the picture. Africa's nature and history have given rise to new themes related to climate change: water, paradise and fall, climate refugeeism. Greed as a theme is coming back to my works.

Finland's independence jubilee year 2017 inspired me to implement a video installation Smoke Sauna 100 to Ars Libera's exhibition Juuret(on), which was part of the official Finland 100 programme. The artwork combined my previous themes of water and climate change as well as working with wood and plant materials. See more.