Materials: Found branch of Scotch elm, spray paint
Size: approximately 400 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm
About the work
I found a large branch of the Scotch elm tree in a park in Helsinki, where these old trees still exist. The Scotch Elms used to be planted in European city parks a lot until they were often found with an illness that makes them less popular nowadays, the dutch elm disease. I carried the 4-meter long branch across the city to my workshop, cut the outward-growing extra branches from the core, refined and polished the shape that was thus revealed and to my eyes resembled that of a curve of diagrams. I had been interested in the visualization of such issues as wealth division and the curve of the branch made me think of it as a natural 3d -counterpart of it. I painted the branch golden to illustrate this connotation, to make a contrast between its color, often seen as valuable, and the origin of the wood that could be regarded as trash or of no value.
The branch was installed in the gallery space of Galleria Lapinlahti, in a room protected by National Board of Anitiquities with old torn wallpapers, in the corner, standing on its own without support, drawing a line from the ceiling to the floor.
Galleria Lapinlahti, Helsinki, 1. – 18.6.2017
as part of Altistuminen, an exhibition with Azar Saiyar