My exhibition Mirror play I that was held at the
book gallery Laterna Magica last spring (1996) dealt with experience of
being a woman with the help of loan images that referred to post-modern
meaning contexts. Images of women that are familiar in our culture functioned
as mirrors of femininity at this exhibition. My current exhibition Mirror
play II continues with the same theme, but by using photos related to my
personal history instead of loan images, I now make a personal commitment
to my image world, forming a part of it.
For their content the images are more tranquil
now - images of naked female bodies have been replaced with family
photos, dramatic positions have been substituted for stabile studio
photos. I realize that I reflect myself to a familiar continuity of generations
of women, to the closest images of femininity.
Through their material, however, these series of
images represent corporality and the process of taking the body into one's
possession. A great amount of the ceramic raw materials I made have their
origins in a woman's world: in the pantry and cleaning cupboard. Moreover,
some of the colorants were made directly from body fluids - urine and menstrual
flow. However, after the process of firing ,only the constituents that
are essential for ceramics remain - or in some cases nothing is left of
them but an empty cavity.
Subject to breakage, the fragile clay slabs are
also a crucial part of the thematic material of my exhibition. By letting
myself drift into a distressingly sensitive state with my clay slabs, I
notice that I look at myself straight in the eye in these mirror images
The exhibition forms a part of my doctoral thesis
on which I work at the Department of Ceramics and Glass of the University
of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH), consisting of a series of exhibitions
beside the written part. The exhibition has been produced in co-operation
with the Media Lab of UIAH.