DA VINCI'S TREASURE
Mikrokosmos, Rauma, Finland is a project where five artists fom diverse arts practice worked experimentally, exploring the intersections between human life, art and science at Sepän talo, a large, disused house. Raumars Artist in Residence Irene Rogan invited Tarja Kyllijoki, Katarina Mannio, Leena Vainio See the links to their work on the right), to work with her in an unconventional way towards the creation of art that uses the model of the microcosm as an artistic proposition and is engaged with the practice of research and experimentation as a public act. Throughout the project the artists opened the doors for ‘public observation’ of the works-in-progress.
Da Vinci's Salon' uses found materials and is site responsive to create an imagined salon inspired by Da Vinci's drapery drawings and in acknowledgement of 'the civilizational heriitage' impact of daVinci, as described by the Finnish at that time.
Da Vinci's Salon is an evolving theatrical installation in acknowledment of this gift and referencing da Vinic's works. Found material of red velvet is draped around a long table, chairs, floor and seemingly pours out of the walls, Finally the artist too is draped in an emulation of a da Vinci drapery drawing, and experimental appropriating of a connection with the great artist.
Following this a collaborative effort 'da Vinci's Treasure I and II' with local photographer Jari Sorjenon. It was developed from found abandoned objects which appeared to have been untouched for several decades in the derelict cellar of the house. Having photographed this site as we discovered it using the available natural light, the objects were carefully removed and cleaned or pianted, placed on velvet swathed plinths in the 'salon' and gilding sections of the wallpaper, this process was documented and a selection of photographs were exhibited alongside the plinth work.
Mikrokosmos - Otan ja annan takaisin - Taking and Giving
'Taking and giving, refers both to physically removing a section of verdant meadow-grasses from the Sepän talo garden to inside of the house and the environmental concerns with water resources in the area. In locating the 'meadow' with waterpipes suspended directly above continues themes with revealing the hidden; the water pipes are normally concealed in the infrastructure of a building and the physical endeavour required in creating the piece, the measuring, cutting, gathering and carrying the turf indoors represent the real and symbolic act of taking and returning (later on).
Whilst nature is celebrated and nurtured we see that in order to enjoy our domestic water we use precious resources, sophisticated technology and complex research. In taking we have to give back literally, the meadow turf was returned to its outdoor location.
The loan of the pipes for 'Otan ja annan takaisin' - ' Taking and giving' were generously provided by Nordic Water and Materials Institute SAMK and located as a part of the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK)
Henkäys Jumala - Breath of God
‘Breath of God’ is a spontaneous response to the small space at Sepän talo and through the threshold of the open window the external world of the blossom tree, the garden and the light breath of air that entered the space carrying summer fragrances from the flowers. During the process of experimentation it brought to mind the following spiritual text from the New Testament:
‘The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound thereof, but cannot tell from where it came, and where it goes: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit’.
The work explores this mysterious notion of the wind and water as the Spirit of God. Twelve bottles are placed on the floor containing water and forget-me-nots from the garden, layers of white muslin cloth are suspended from the ceiling. These found and bought materials refer to the symbolism found in spiritual writing and imagery in Christianity concerning the Holy Spirit. The key element to this installation is the animating presence of a breeze flowing through the work, which is not controllable, only made visible in the movement of the cloth and in the nature outside. Located on the wall small blackboards bear faded chalked words written over and over ‘Breath of God’, Sprit of Christ, Henkäys Jumala.
Local Christian Pastor Mehis Metsala Pastor of Free Church Rauma, Finland was invited to collaborate on the interpretation of the words and imagery for ‘Breath of God’ from a spiritual perspective.
Mehis Metsala writes:
'Two aspects come to my mind the wind in the Biblical text is a metaphor describing the movements of the Spirit and as such it emphasizes the unpredictability of God. His thoughts, His ways and His dealings with us do not fit into any known pattern of ours. The sense of wonder is something we deeply need and often unconsciously seek.
‘The Breath of God’ is something so unique that only when we experience it, we feel really alive. We are designed to live the life God has prepared for us and only in union with Him we live in a deepest sense of the word'.
View Mikrokosmos experimental artworks by
Tarja Kyllijoki, Katarina Mannio, Leena Vainio
Irene Rogan and Leena Vainio
30th June 2015
This collaboration titled 'Seamless' took place in Leena Vainio's work 'Comfort' (Vainio's preferred English title) which had a serene yet mysterious quality about it. Before the Mikrokosmos experiment closed I wanted to photograph the artist as part of her installation. Placing her in the 'frame' of her work created a unity between artist, viewer and the work, generating continuity between the refined and intensified experience of art and the everyday of being. This final 'act' provided a sense of wholeness and quiet reflection to the work. Leena wore the same clothing from her performance 'Milky White' a complimentary work to 'Comfort'.
Piilevä Rauma Printmakers
22nd May - 30th June 2015
Irene Rogan and Jari Sorjenon
Installation and photography
30th June 2015