ON THE SKIN, Aino and Aura Kajaniemi and Riitta Järvelä
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Poikilo Kouvola Art Museum is transformed into an arena for a textile art exhibition in February 2019. ON THE SKIN generates an encounter between the textile artworks of a mother and daughter, Aino and Aura Kajaniemi. Two video works by Riitta Järvelä will also be on show at the exhibition.
ON THE SKIN reflects the close relationship between the mother and daughter on the personal, aesthetic and artistic level. The dialogue between different generations of artists creates a temporal tension. The artists’ works combine sensitivity, seriality and narrative with appreciation for slow work by hand. The human figure in its various forms appears in both artists’ work, alongside the ornamentality associated with the textile tradition. Both artists are also moving more and more from visual narrative to installations. As the scale of their art increases, the forms become more sculptural; the narrative moves from two to three dimensions.
Two video works by Riitta Järvelä, Red Balloon and Be Seen, are being displayed in conjunction with the ON THE SKIN exhibition. These video works straddle the middle ground between expressive documentary and the visual arts. The artist collects old album pictures and postcards from around the world. The images she finds are both historical and documentary. She uses them as a base material and continues shaping the work by recording and describing the static and moving images.
Red Balloon tells the history of Finnish childhood from the late 1800s to the 1970s, using the album photos. It also draws on Järvelä’s own life experience. Be Seen arose from her observation of the endangered nature of play at this time in our digital lives. The video is about play European culture. I played with the video itself when making it, said Järvelä.
Exhibition open Tue-Fri 11 am to 6 pm, Sat-Sun 12 noon to 5 pm, Mon closed