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Emma Jääskeläinen’s work Put put has been completed in Herttoniemenranta

1.12.2020 12:55

Emma Jääskeläinen: Put put, 2020 / Photo: HAM/ Hanna Kukorelli

A new public work of art has been completed in Adriananpuistikko park in Herttoniemenranta, Helsinki. The Put put work by artist Emma Jääskeläinen (born 1988) consists of two parts. The larger shell-like shape of the piece, which is located on the paving in the park, is carved from light granite. The smaller shape resembling a pearl is made from spectrolite and it is located in the green area.

According to Emma Jääskeläinen, the idea of a shell and a pearl was inspired by the nautical atmosphere of the area under construction and children’s outdoor games. She views the shell as a messenger with something quite otherworldly and strange about it, in addition to familiarity and identifiability. The pearl has slipped outside the shell and rolled into the vegetation. “The pearl has rolled into the wetland like a football. There it will disappear out of view from time to time as the vegetation grows and the level of the water collecting in the wetland rises, keeping the work in a constant state of flux”, Jääskeläinen says.

Jääskeläinen is trying to evoke an image of the living and the carnal in her work. The materials she has used in her previous works as well as their analogies create delicate images of embodiment and the sense of touch. However, her works also have a playful and twisted manner about them, detached from everyday logic.

Emma Jääskeläinen (born 1988, Espoo) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki in 2018. Some of her works were on display in Kiasma during the last year. Jääskeläinen’s works have also been exhibited at Rauma Triennale 2019 and the HAM Gallery in 2018.

The work of art is commissioned by HAM Helsinki Art Museum and it is added to HAM’s art collection.