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Kirsi Mikkola

Press release

Kirsi Mikkola – embraced and set free wildly and tenderly

Confronted with Kirsi Mikkola’s Oeuvre one is immediately right in the midst of it, and torn back and forth. There is no beginning - and no end.

The works of the Finnish artist are difficult to assign a category to, their brittle nature evades a conventional picture format. The large works, some of which grow beyond the studio ceiling, have angles and edges and every now and again an unruly element protrudes outwards. Terms like ‘painting’ or ‘collage’ are refused by the artist, and ultimately by the pictures themselves, as soon as you allow yourself to engage more closely with them. Anything is possible: the painterly gesture that is brought to life again and again in splintered form. The collage that does not allow itself to be reduced to that technique – applied far too meticulously and in far too many layers. The constructional moment that suddenly dissolves in precision to dive headlong into a chaos of shapes and colours. Brushstrokes become surfaces, cut-out shapes become brushstrokes. A world of sensuality and serious engagement unfolds and all of a sudden falls apart, sometimes through a humorous gesture in the form of a pinned-on adaptation.

The exhibition brings together generously sized and small formats, all of which were created in the year 2018 and are being presented to the public for the first time.