Kirjotut kannat : Metsänhenki 2023

Translated title of the contribution: Forest spirit

Niina Oinas (Artist)

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My embroidery illustrates the East Lapland region’s cultural history and the existence of nature gods. I grew up in the Pelkosenniemi village of Pyhäjärvi in the 1980s. I remember my plays and imagination around themes such as nature’s spirits, and stories about them were kind of everyday life occurrences. The patterns in the work derive from the symbolism of ancient witch drums and create a tripartite worldview: upper, middle and lower. “Forest Spirit” addresses the losing connection with nature and the erosion of the links between ancient nature religions.
Translated title of the contributionForest spirit
Original languageFinnish
Place of PublicationJyväskylä
PublisherSuomen käsityön museo
Publication statusPublished - 2024
MoEC publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventKirjotut kannat / Embroidered Stances -näyttely - Suomen käsityön museo, Jyväskylä, Finland
Duration: 13 Jan 20247 Apr 2024

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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