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NIKKI JÄÄSKELÄINEN – PAPER WALLS, CHIFONET DREAMS

MUU Kaapeli
9.11-15.12.2019
Kaapelitehdas, Tallberginkatu 1 C
00180 Helsinki
Mon–Fri 10 am–7 pm, Sat–Sun 12–4 pm

image:  Nikki Jääskeläinen

Join us for the exhibition opening on Friday, 8 November 2019, from 17:00–19:00. Welcome!

I stare at splashes on tiles, looking for answers.

I dream of clear lines and regular patterns of gentle waves. I try to draw a straight line, but it turns into something else.

It stumbles, blurs and twists unexpectedly. In the studio, the unstable motion of the hand and the unpredictability of materials transform into meanings and riddles – unlike in the toilet. As the paper becomes wet, it dries out and alters its shape. The line refuses to cohere, the rectangle to stay put. The smudge spreads, looking for a way out. Something unexpected that has the appearance of narrativity happens between the rectangles but never leads anywhere. It is like a sudden mood change or a hallucination after an protracted afternoon nap.

I work with toilet paper. It is an inexpensive and versatile material, available in white, pale yellow and light grey. When dry, it is soft but sturdy, when wet it becomes mushy. Slightly moistened it is almost transparent, and when it is pasted on a wall it reveals the textures and patterns underneath, yet becomes hard and rustling once it dries out. As a drawing surface it is unforgiving. All the works in the exhibition were made with toilet paper, charcoal and bleach directly onto the surfaces of the gallery.

 

– Nikki Jääskeläinen

Jääskeläinen’s artistic work is supported by the Uusimaa Regional Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

 

www.nikkijaaskelainen.fi
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