Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Elina Härkönen/Tanya Kravtsov

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Abstrakti

The installation is our joint study of the Komi landscape we explored during the LiLa summer school in May 2018. It is a continuation of our previous artwork Subtle Russian blue a photography collage with elements of blue from the Komi landscape, that was exhibited in the Syktyvkar State University gallery May 2018.

After our journey, we continued to work on our experiences of the landscape. The handmade elements of the installation are our individual approaches defined by different materials and the way of making. The old, new, borrowed and blue refer to the way materials are used and combined to an installation. While the blue represented mainly an ordinary ‘paint on the walls’ for the locals, for us visitors it became a dominant and fascinating element of the landscape.

Tanya has used pieces of drift wood and bark found from Komi and Finnish Lapland. The blue embroidery thread is traveling and following the shapes of the wooden texture and represents her journey in the landscape. She sees the wooden pieces with the subtle touches of blue as an act of borrowing and returning.

Elina has processed her relationship to the Komi landscape in her knittings. She has studied the traditional Komi patterns and applied them to her handcrafts. The blue color of the yarn connects her experience to the landscape and the act of knitting to the common everyday tradition between Komi and Finland. The hints of ochre in her works are a gift of plant-dyed yarn from Lidia Kostareva.

This installation is a mixture of visitor’s look and local knowledge weaved together into a new poetic view of the everyday landscape of Komi.
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JulkaisijaUniversity of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design
TilaJulkaistu - 19 syyskuuta 2018
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