As advertised in the previous post, I am now going to tell more about a really creepy and beautiful sculpture I saw on my road trip. The sculpture is made by Finnish artist Essi Korva.
The work of this young artist was in OMA, the Oulu Museum of Art. I am going to be slightly travel blogger and writer just a few words about Oulu too. It is a lively city with lots to do and see. It has a lot of design shops and culture events, and innovation ( lively university) and business.
Oulu is the capital of one of Finland's provinces. Finland is a long and narrow country: the total length is about 1 000 kilometers and Oulu is approximately 600 kilometers from the most south of Finland. From this map you can see where Oulu is. It is on the coastline and much closer to Sweden than Eastern Finland. Hence big cultural and lingual differences in Finland, but more about that in later posts.
|The city of Oulu|
When comparing internationally, Oulu being the northernmost place where I've been is not that lame: Oulu is 65°N, the only not-Nordic city at that latitude is Fairbanks in Alaska. There are cities further up north but they are mostly Nordic, Canadian, and Russian cities.
I should've gone about 100 km more north to reach Lapland, where you can find the fells (small mountains typical for North, also one of the reasons people want to go to hike and slalom ski there), Santa Claus and a loads of reindeer. I did reach the area where one can spot reindeer (not Santa, mind you) and in my next post I am going to write about Finland, it's customs and regions, hopefully from a goth-y perspective. And I am not forgetting to feature some lovely photos!
Back to art: The name of the creepy girl statue is Murhelma (Sad Dream) though the Finnish word is not solely translated to that. It is actually a made up word, a new combination, and it would not be found in an official dictionary. It consists of murhe (sadness, grief) and unelma ( a day dream, a dream) but it could also contain a hint of näytelmä ( a theater play). In the museum only the Finnish name shown, so I did not know the other part of it was "dream" and I for some reason instantly thought of the Finnish word for theater play. I guess because the being looks like a mythological creature ans elves are often menacing little tricksters. And from there another close association was Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
Essi Korva graduated 2010 and has attended multiple environmental art happenings both in Finland and abroad. Her art usually interprets and examines strong emotions like fear and loneliness. Korva's art is said to be rather subjective, though I feel that it is very easy to "step in" to her works and their emotions and world. Even though they are often about negative feelings, they are easy to approach.
Essi Korva has a distinguished style and her sculptures are simply fascinating! You should check her website for more dreamlike creatures. The website is both in Finnish and English, just scroll past the Finnish text and you will find translations.
Next up: post about Eastern Finland and then another about Western Finland!
|Bears at the city of Kuopio, Eastern Finland|