If a pipe is not a pipe, neither is Eklund’s cat just a cat. A cat becomes an awkward image of human hopefulness, sadness or fear. The artist’s observations reveal a delightful joy in someone else’s choices. This someone else can be a grandmother decorating her home, or the person picking out the furniture for a greasy cafeteria. Eklund’s power is in an ability to see what lurks behind clichés, and to express what is disclosed in a novel way. Her expression follows the same joy and confusion as her choices of themes; the world is not sweet but instead dark, funny and full of cracks. And that is what makes it interesting.
Eeva-Leena Eklund’s exhibition continues the collaboration between the Saastamoinen Foundation and EMMA where, every year, a new work is commissioned from an interesting and topical artist and added to the foundation’s art collection. Eeva-Leena Eklund will create a large site-specific installation for the space and architecture of EMMA. The exhibition is curated by Anna Tuori.
Gallery name: Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA
Address: Ahertajantie 5, Espoo
Opening hours: Tue, Sat-Sun 11:00 - 17:00, Wed-Fri 11:00 - 19:00
Open: 28.10.2020 - 22.08.2021