Kaija Mäenpää Sedimented Time, 2015, oil on canvas, 80x460 cm
Thought without Name 26.4.-7.5.2016
Galerie Pleiku Eugen-Schönhaar-Str. 6A, 10407 Berlin
The space in my paintings is both three-dimensional and pictorial. The viewer can open and close the ‘doors’ or ‘wings’ of the works, in which the spatiotemporal character is sedimented.
One consequence of the three-dimensionality is that the painting and the viewer share the same space with each other. Likewise, the size of the works, originating from the human body and spaces such as rooms, creates corporeal dimensions to the interaction between person and painting. The paintings overlap the borders of genre and question dichotomies. My painting combines corporeality and spirituality, subject and object, presence and memory, experience and thought. Time takes on several meanings in these works, in addition to the temporal process of the viewer. For example, the movement of a person’s hand and face depicted as a sequence of shapes or shadows are representations of time – as if there were mirrored situations on canvases, and those situations open up mental reflections. In the work Sedimented Time (2015) there are also numbers, signifying clock time. These notations of time are painted with thick paint, and they give a context for the shift from objective time to subjective temporality.
Exhibition is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland: National Council for the Visual Arts; Board for Public Display Grants to Visual Arts.
Galerie Pleiku, Berlin, 2016. Kaija Mäenpää. On the left: Album, 2015. On the right: Sedimented Time, 2015
Kaija Mäenpää. Thought without Name, 2015, oil on canvas, 80x325 cm.