The residency period was a time where I developed new ideas and works with which I am still working now...
My first time at AARK was in 2016. I went for two months, July and August. It was my first time in Finland and I drove there with my car from Holland, via Denmark and Sweden. I had to go by boat from Stockholm to Turku. Taking my car was a good thing, because I was mobile on the island and I could take lots of materials and tools with me. I have many good memories of these two months meeting Renja, Benkku and Rippe, all other artists, having the potlucks in the evening, cooking together (Voileipäkakku and snakes on rocks :P) talking about our projects, going on moose patrols (moose spotting).
The residency period was a time where I developed new ideas and works with which I am still working now. It lead to the series 'New Constructivism'. A series of nine small paintings about human built structures in relation to nature. After this I made two more series 'New Constructivism Part Two' and 'The Hedges'. Now, I am using the forms and colors from these series in murals. In Korpo I also started with the construction of wooden models for bigger works in public space.
In 2017 I was invited back to Korpo and AARK to make work for the Barefoot path (Barfotastigen). There I could work out my sculptural ideas. For the exhibition I made three works: Inhabit = Habit, a wooden open structure, based on different architectural elements of Finland like the Sami tents (lavvu or kota), loghouses and sheds built on stones. Control 7 and Control 8 are wooden constructions that enclose natural elements (stone, tree).
You can see Control 8 on Barefoot Path's Webpage: here