Silence is Golden

Jenni-Liisa Yliniva (Taiteilija)

Tutkimustuotokset: Taiteellinen ja muu ei-tekstimuotoinen muotoNäyttelyTaiteellisen produktion tai yhteisnäyttelyn itsenäinen osavertaisarvioitu


Silence is golden was a common saying and a value in my family in Northern Finland. Since my childhood I have admired my father, a hard working, quiet man who only speaks when he has something important to say. Silence gives him an authority: others listen when he speaks.
I need silence in order to focus, think and work well. But, in my adult life I have come to understand that silence has it’s downsides too and can be used in a negative way. Total silence and lack of stimulation could be a form of torture, literally and metaphorically. Communication in words is as important in relationships as is silence.
My artwork Silence is golden investigates the cultural importance of silence, and related to that the value of being disciplined and hard working. Has silent perseverance been considered an expression of resilience? Perhaps we should repurpose the old saying. Like King Midas golden touch, silent sisu (resilience in Finnish) might have a paralyzing effect.
The artwork combines hand weaving with metallic foil printing. A rough linen thread in natural color is woven together with a metal zipper and finally topped with a layer of gold. The miniature artwork is 15cm by 15cm in size.
Koko15cm x 15cm
TilaJulkaistu - 29 toukok. 2019
OKM-julkaisutyyppiF2 Julkinen taiteellisen tuotoksen osa
TapahtumaCumulus conference Rovaniemi 2019 - Näyttely: Around the Campfire: Resilience and Intelligence - Lapin yliopisto, taiteiden tidekunta, Rovaniemi, Suomi
Kesto: 29 toukok. 20191 kesäk. 2019


  • Arctic Art and Design
  • Textile Art
  • Conceptual
  • Resilience
  • Silence


  • Kuvataide ja muotoilu

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