DETAIL: Toots ZYNSKY 'Pennellata' 2004, 'Filet de Verre' fused and thermoformed colour glass threads
Kristina RISKA | White pavillion

RISKA, Kristina
Finland 1960
White pavillion 2004
stoneware, aluminium oxide
approximately 400 elements stacked
250.0 (h) x 150.0 (w) x 150.0 (d) cm
Lent by Kristina Riska
Photographer Kari Holopainen

The darkness and stillness of Finland’s mid-winter creates a domain of introspection and quietude understood by Finns as kaamos, a state of mind given form in Kristina Riska’s osseous constructions of thin, pale clay. Having reduced her small, structural elements to a skeletal minimum, she builds them into the type of organic forms that remain after mere flesh is long desiccated. The memory of nautilus shells, bleached coral, wind-etched wood and the worn stone of abandoned buildings is present in Riska’s work White pavilion. Standing still and strong, its spiral form invites us inward to be enveloped by a structure that seems to be more air than substance. As the pavilion of the summer garden provides respite from the light, this lacy white shelter also beckons us, but away from comfort towards the darkness. At its heart, however, we begin to see out again and to sense the promise of light and regeneration.

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