My art practice centers around absurdity. Like melodies played out of tune, my sculptures speak to what is beautiful and nonsensical in everyday life.
Louis Carroll’s heroic character, Alice said, “if I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.” Leaning into this irrationality, my art practice is a form of ritual and play, where reality and imagination collide. This allows me to explore dualities of tension and tranquility, allure and ugliness, the ordinary and extraordinary.
I am captivated by domestic and industrial materials - their mundane, inexpensive, and manufactured essence. Even when labeled as disposable, these materials can be reborn and transformed, emerging as something otherworldly. These anti-heroic forms are made in obvious ways, without mystery, allowing them to exist in authentic and awkward conditions. Their meaning resides in their rawness and vulnerability. They stay in a continuous flux of appearing both finished and under development.
The process behind the work is revealed through the traces of the body lingering behind in the materials. Evidence of past touch - drilling, wrapping, knotting, and tearing material - uncovers the anxieties left behind. Similar to a performance, this process embraces accidents and chance, without being exact or precise. My “deskilling” approach speaks to approximation - I work quickly, without an established technique, seeking immediate solutions. Like Alice, my art seems child-like - ambiguous while free from limitations.
wire, rod, yarn, duct tape, gesso, enamel paint, found materials
00" x 00"
Wire, garbage bag, fabric, yarn
31" x 20" x 18"
Wire, canvas, yarn gesso, found material
18" x 13" x 28"
Ikea bags, wire, fabric, fiberfill, polypropylene rope
50” x 13” x 12”
Pirkka bag, wire, fabric, yarn, clothespins
56” x 14” x 13”
Wire, toy blocks, fabric, yarn, plastic, newspaper, acrylic paint, safety reflector of the Finnish parliament
49” x 15” x 13”
wire, newspaper, fabric, gesso
wire, fabric, yarn, string, gesso, fiberfill, canvas, found materials
17" x 14" x 18"
Cardboard, enamel paint, tape
Marimekko tote bag, wire, basket, fabric, yarn, barricade tape, Finnish postcard
19” x 18” x 17”
UV shield pipe, wire, fabric, yarn, Suomi-pin, stockings, fiberfill
19” x 20” x 17”
Pallets, plaster, acrylic paint, cardboard, yarn, rope
87” x 22” x 76”