Residency at The Burren College of Art September - October 2016
It's impossible not to think of the subject of landscape when you're at the Burren, Ireland. Last years I've been focusing on illustration and creating miniature scenes. My plan for the residency was a project related to those fields as well. Maybe it was the right time, maybe it was the place and but it woke something up in me. I did things in Ireland I had never done and never would have thought of doing. I went Ceili dancing. If you'd know me, you'd know I don't dance, ever. I remember saying to my fellow artist in residence that "Ireland made me dance". And I started painting. I often hiked to Gleninagh Castle or climbed up to Cappanawalla mountain and felt closer to nature and landscape. Only at my last days at the residency I started plein-air painting. After the residency I have continued plein-air ainting in Finland ever since.
(Photography by Brittany Mahood)
be an insignificant detail, a mundane struggle. Everyday is
monumental. Monuments of the everyday are small events: a coffee
break, a traffic hour.
can relate to small events, they are real for us. Everyday is a true
reality. We can relate to brokenness and maybe even more to the
attempt to hide it. We can feel empathy and great tenderness for
being human in everyday life.
of my favorite things to do in Bangladesh was to have tea. You go to
a tea stand by the street, drink tea with a lot of sugar and
condensed milk out of a glass. It is just a short moment, just few
minutes, then you return your glass and it is washed in a bucket.
is something that is closest to us, the most familiar and ordinary
but its essence cannot be grasped. Everyday can be viewed as a
complex of details that are insignificant or they are so close to us
that we take them for granted. Everyday can be seen as a monotone and
repetitive continuation of time.
I walked in the streets of Dhaka I often couldn’t see a big
picture. What I saw was continuity and repetition of details,
objects, small events and moments. Among all the trash on the streets
I started to notice colorful nets that are used as bags for fruits
and food. I started to collect them to make an artwork and it was
exciting to find different colors, they became like a small treasure
for me. Out of these nets I made “trash plants” and placed them
on the streets on dirty spots. I was often so impressed by the kind
and joyful hearts of the Bangladeshi people and somehow it made sense
for me to place colorful plants on the dirty streets, since in my
eyes the people were like color points in a dusty city as well.