notes and feelings
We had amazing possibility to work on with MeTässä in the Old Mine Residency in Outokumpu, North Carelia, while Meri was there as resident artist during January and February. The copper sculpture "kupari kidus" got more rustic details and in a way returned home to its material origins - temporarely thought. The Old Mine Residency allowed us to...
22.11.2022 Connecting with the matter
The area is reserved for mining copper. On the journey to the understanding of the area and what is happening to it we find the material behind it all.
14.6.2022 Connecting with the spirit mirrors
Journeys to the area have grown us to think that the spirits of the woods, stones and earth need a medium to connect with us. So we use unfired clay...we make masks...we connect with masks...we connect with the area...we examine kobolts, kyöpeli the birth of stone.
20.-22.8.2021 Returns and rendezvous
We returned to the Suuri Pääsiäinen lake and Hietajärvi lake to visit the spirits mirrors. How to relate with the rock spirits? One way to go about is to plan your trip terribly, make a trip when it rains and stop on your way to chat and chill with tea in the forest. Arrive to the destination when it...
13.-15.8.2021 Gathering at Voikkaa
We headed to the Pagan mountain to enjoy the sunset over Kymi river, ponder and plan the structure of our MeTässä multimedia installation. The arriving autumn chill could be felt in the dark night and the rowan berries were hanging strong in red and orange along our walks - various depths of sour flavours were offered. We played around the...
4.7.2021 Visiting Spirit mirrors
We plant some clay pieces to the places we visit in the area. These face like objects are our way to try to materialize and connect with the spirits of the rocks, lakes and forest. Clay isn't fired, so it evolves.
Midsummer night was on it's way. It's not always easy to get to the lakes. Sometimes the roads are blocked or there are none. We ventured to Tukia lake but couldn't find a way to Kalmosaari. We passed by Harjujärvet, Iso-Musta and Valkee but decided that the place had not enough challenge for us and ended up to Suuri-Pääsiäinen (Great Easter !!?). ...
Through a forest filled with mosquitoes we ventured and found the center of the reserved area, Hietajärvi-lake. Paskonmäki, Kelkänmäki, Palosaari and little streams that connect this lake to others. Sleeping in hammocks on an island that had no name.
1.6.2021 Hello wwworld!
1.6.2021 is the day to publish our blog yay! Now we have exactly 19 months left to dedicate for the Hietajärvi2020:0057 area - the reservation has been made until 31.12.2022.
12.-15.5.2021 Gathering at Voikkaa
We got few days together to walk, talk, sleep, plan and with great weather explore the near by forests and deepen our senses into endless observations of the vividly sprouting spring forest world. We also found, with help of geocache maps and local ancient monument (muinaisjäännös) data an old pagan church on a mountain. During the wanders we...