It all began with a glorious nose sculpture. It fell over and turned into something quite pathetic: Sad Basket. The basket symbolizes a place of birth and is presented as grey and calm in the exhibition.

The Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was a carpenters cup made of clay. Sad Basket is reminiscent of this modest artifact that could grant it’s claimer immortality.

The purpose of the stone is to soften and transform into a surface longing to be touched. You have to care about its being, let it affect you.

Right sized feet fit into the pocket and feel like collectables. Sculptures weighing around 25 kilo´s function well as weights against the body. The big hand doesn’t move.

What to do about the salami lying on the sofa?

Prosessikuva © Emma Jääskeläinen
Process image © Emma Jääskeläinen

Emma Jääskeläinen’s sculptures are portraits and observations about form and its evolution. Sad Basket is about shared moments and longing for intimacy. It also deals with the feeling of alienation and disappointment.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Academy of Fine Arts.