Kaikkonen’s jacket installations are a nod to the artist’s father, who always wore a dark suit and white shirt even when fishing or walking in the fields. Her works are deeply personal, pondering poignant themes such as the loss of her parents. By depicting relatable life experiences that are so familiar to many of us, she fuses together the private and the public, the personal and the universal.
Kaikkonen began incorporating used items of clothing in her art in the late 1980s, giving new life to seemingly worthless and threadbare mundane possessions. Her thought-provoking transformation of used materials exudes a sense of compassion, warmth and respect for the people who once wore the discarded items and the ideas they represent.
The exhibition will coincide with Kaikkonen’s solo exhibition at the Hanaholmen Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre (September 26, 2020–February 28, 2021). The Hanaholmen gallery will feature a new installation exploring the same themes as Kaikkonen’s exhibition at Galerie Forsblom. Among the works permanently on display in the Hanaholmen sculpture park is Forwards, a group of Kaikkonen’s sculptures from 2009.
Kaikkonen ranks among Finland’s most internationally acclaimed sculptors. Her award-winning work is found in numerous major European museums including Rome’s MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg.
Gallery name: Galerie Forsblom Helsinki
Address: Yrjönkatu 22, Helsinki
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11:00 - 18:00, Sat-Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Open: 18.09.2020 - 18.10.2020