Untitled (Homeland)
Artworksculpture
Not on display
Kansallisgalleria / Nykytaiteen museo Kiasma
1953, Oklahoma City (kaupunki)

Untitled (Homeland), 2002 - 2004

  • 268.2 × 258.1 × 152.4 cm, special wax, hat pins, feathers, self-made branches, chicken wire, chain, plaster, berries, modelling clay, barbed wire, tree branch, iron wire, mixed media, silk flowers, supporting steel structure
  • purchase, N-2006-25
  • Owner: Suomen valtio
Photo: Finnish National Gallery
Kansallisgalleria / Nykytaiteen museo Kiasma

Description

The overgrown sculpture consists of both artificial materials and things gathered from nature: tree branches, berries, silk flowers, feathers, hat pins and tassels. Everything has been dipped in dark wax, as if the entire sculpture was embalmed. According to the artist, her method bears a resemblance to ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. “I always start my sculpture with something that means a great deal to me, thinking I’m going to put it on a pedestal, but in the end, I protect and hide it.” You can also see allusions to religious imagery and the exuberant art of the baroque period in the piece.

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Exhibitions

  • Kiasma Hits, 27.9.2013 - 7.9.2014, Nykytaiteen museo Kiasma / Museum of Contemporary art Kiasma