Sunday, March 15, 2009

Riitta Päiväläinen

"Riitta Päiväläinen's work could be defined as the emotional archaeology of the ordinary. Using old clothes she finds in second-hand shops and flea markets, Päiväläinen creates installations in landscapes and photographs them. . . For Päiväläinen, the clothes are vestiges of human beings, retaining traces of the history of the person who wore them long after being discarded. The garments represent both the presence and the absence of their former owners. . .

Landscape is not a topographical and objective phenomenon for Päiväläinen. Rather it is subjective and highly evocative, representing the cycle of life. . . The clothes become part of nature which interacts with and animates them."

Riitta Päiväläinen on her Vestige series


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