Mounted in the Studio space, Still hearing the whispers of the queen is
an installation made of paper screen-printed manually by Ketola over
several years. The material combines physical fragility with a heavy
range of colour. The chapel-like structure spreads itself out in front
of and around the viewer. The work is a scroll, opened up for reading,
from the content of which the viewer selects, forms and interprets
segments or details. Each path chosen from among the thousands of
possible ones is unique. Instead of supplying answers, Ketola asks: What
justifies us to conquer, define and control? The depth whispers in
reply. Who has the knowledge?
Glowing on the roof of the museum, SHhh..!
is a whisper to the spirit of the times. It carries across the city,
from hilltop to hilltop. It does not point or judge, it radiates
goodness and invites silence. SHhh..! is also part of the
national Valoa taiteelle! event of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
The work is unveiled on the Arts Promotion Day on 1 December at 6 pm,
after which it will be on show every night 4 pm – 9 am until 17 January
Sirkku Ketola (b. 1973 in Turku) earned her MFA from the
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. She has also studied at the Turku
Arts Academy and the University of Turku. She is best known for large
screen-print installations that combine the legacy of renaissance art,
digital photography and craftwork. The lyrical content of Ketola's art
traverses the line between light and dark. Often her work also involves
playfulness and the testing of material boundaries. The driving forces
for Ketola’s practice are passion and curiosity about life.
Exhibition is supported by the City of Turku with an Aboa Prize 2015.www.facebook.com/events