- TABLEWARE & TOOLS
14, 2017 - January 20, 2018
is a group formed by four Finnish jewellery artists. Their new project
Tableware & Tools is now showed for the first time in an exhibition
at PLATINA. Within the group they work as independent artists around common
shared interests. During get-togethers, the artists presented their ideas
or sketches for the others to gain feedback and criticism. These meetings
fed the process allowing the shared information and thoughts to multiply.
Co-operation supports independent working, which is also the main point
to work as a group. It goes without saying that all these meetings were
organized around dinner, around tableware and tools. The exhibited works
move between jewellery and installations.
Helena Lehtinen has taken a retrospective point of view to the topic and
commented or reacted to her older series of works in the frames of the
topic. Her sensitive approach is recognizable.
Eija Mustonen´s approach is rural. Metal is hammered, wood is carved
straight and honestly. One of her material is wooden burl, a round deformation
in the tree trunk. It is used often in the context of folk craft to make
cups or bowls, and its odd connotations follow the material into contemporary
Jenni Sokura has lately been working with themes such as food and cultural
meanings as well as Finnish cultural traditions. Her bold "packed
lunch" objects tell us about fast food culture with its wrappings
and layers, the table manners and food service settings.
Tarja Tuupanen works with marble, mainly ready-made material, which has
originally been tableware. This time the scale has become bigger than
in earlier works and a step apart from close body connection. The holiness
of everyday life, the importance of common tasks in the kitchen and the
items related to this are the starting points of her work.
The exhibition is part of Finland 100th anniversary program and supported
by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, South Karelia Regional Fund and Swedish-Finnish