Rosewater Park - PhMuseum

Rosewater Park

Kukka-Maria Rosenlund

2019 - Ongoing

Kukka-Maria Rosenlund (FI) is a visual artist, whose works combine camera-based techniques and various material structures. She often examines issues related to transformation and identity.

The series dives into the space between fantasy and reality. Through the use of rosaceous imagery and the illusion of paradise, Rosenlund contemplates upon the contradictions and expectations associated with beauty. The series comprises photographs and sculptures—where stoneware clay and mixed materials conjoin.

Rosenlund explores the myth of beauty from the perspective of hiding. The visual language of the body of work connects to childhood toys, girlhood, eroticism, and the aestheticization of feminine culture. The starting point of the works is in the artist’s personal experiences, which together with art historical references create layers in the exhibition—rose-themed objects and textiles and handicrafts of past generations are juxtaposed with images of paradise; of the goddess Aphrodite of the ancient Greek mythology, who was born from the foam of the sea and nakedly waded ashore.

Rosenlund has made the works using various image transfer techniques for clay, canvas, and photographic paper. In the ceramic pieces, made of stoneware clay, Rosenlund has used a variety of glossy glaze. Clay is strongly connected to Rosenlund’s background—the relationship between a ceramicist mother and her daughter.

Materiality is a vital part of Rosenlund’s working process: she combines the traditions of photography and pottery-making, in which she finds overlapping features—transformation, the behaviour of matter, and the admiration of chance.

Welcome to explore 'Rosewater Park' virtual exhibition, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland.

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=bnhZ9zGXy6j

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  • Play Paradise, installation,
    photograph on stoneware clay, glaze

  • Play Paradise (detail), photograph on stoneware clay, glaze

  • Play Paradise (detail), photograph on stoneware clay, glaze

  • Play Paradise (detail), photograph on stoneware clay, glaze

  • Play Paradise (detail), photograph on stoneware clay, glaze

  • Grandmother Pattern

  • Family Roses

  • Water and Dreams

  • Fly

  • Flamingos

  • Evening Wash

  • Soft Spot

  • Bath Cat

  • Pink View


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