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Kati Nulpponen

Exhibition  /  14 Jul 2009  -  02 Aug 2009
Published: 07.07.2009
Galleria Rantapaja
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(...) Nulpponen's work comes close to contemporary visual art without loosing its character as jewellery. A conventional piece of jewellery may appeal to the eye, emphasize parts of the garment, or help the user to blend in different social situations.(...)

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Kati Nulpponen
Kati Nulpponen graduated as a jeweller in Lappeenranta, Finland 1996. Next year she took extensive studies in Escola Massana in Barcelona. Together with two other Finnish jewellers she formed a group "Amazing Animal" in 2002. The group is specialized in designing and making experimental jewellery art and installations dealing with themes of personal and cultural memory, temporality and social corporeality. Nulpponen has participated numerous national and international exhibitions both as a member of the group and alone. Most recently she has represented her country in the Ars Ornata Europeana 2007 exhibition "Romancing the stone".

Nulpponen's work comes close to contemporary visual art without loosing its character as jewellery. A conventional piece of jewellery may appeal to the eye, emphasize parts of the garment, or help the user to blend in different social situations. Thus said, it is obvious that it can do more. Nulpponen's works reactivate jewellery as visual passage through which the wearer becomes approachable. To pave the way to the wearer's body is to unfold chasms and abysses of otherness in the field of social corporeality. To act this way is an ethical possibility inherent in all jewellery. Nulpponen's works embrace this possibility sometimes very literally, even in a macabre way. In her works latex shirts may imitate a stitched human skin after autopsy. Webs of crochet may meet the legs of a dead duck. Her works may also shroud the wearer against prejudgements and hecticness of contemporary life. The elbow shields made of porcelain with romanticising rose decorations remind us of the fragile strength of the mortal body. Uncompromisingly they defend one's own space and time. At the same instant there opens up a field of possible touching and the time of encountering the other in her/his irreducible individuality. An invitation and a warning, a touch and a shield.

To use unconventional and ready-made materials means that one has to be sensitive to their own nature, purpose and functioning. Once detached the object or material substance may start to grow towards possibility of becoming jewellery art. This means that one has to be patient while working with it. One has to sow and nurture profusely, and one has to know how to wait. To hear is to be silent. Finally the germ of an art work starts to form connections with the world thus announcing its features. This way Nulpponen is able to let her work punctuate the social context anew. She makes visible the conditions of human relations and rearranges their conventional rhythms. Her works explore the differences between garment and jewellery, between femininity and masculinity, between innocence and violence, and between me and you.

Kati Nulpponen and art historian Marko Gylèn

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