NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

The fern flower, 2022

By Kati Sankala
 
130x116cm

Acrylics on unprimed linen


Fern flower connects with the mythology of the Baltic Sea area. Fern flower refers to a flower that doesn’t exist elsewhere than in our language(s) and imagination. Aino Kallas, the writer who was deeply connected with both Finland and Estonia, gave the blossoming fern a special place. In her novel Sudenmorsian (1928) it was a focus of supernatural forces. There was only one way to pass the line between our world and that other realm where the fern blossoms – an old spell.


Magic is an occupation to make invisible real, and in a same way painting accedes indescribable areas of being. In the beginning of the Fern flower there were only pigments and unprimed canvas, and a will to cross that line to some other world. The process itself has a key role. It was important to reject conscious intentions and too early materializing visual ideas. Chosen medium, self-made paints with pigments and acrylic medium, makes it possible to erase and cover already defined tracks over and over again, till the spell was ready.


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