The Power of Ribbons and Bows by Anna Rikkinen

Exhibition  /  02 May 2024  -  25 May 2024
Published: 22.04.2024
Anna Rikkinen. Brooch: Leftovers, 2024. Ribbon, brass and metal.. 30 x 20 x 10 cm. Photo by: Juhana Rikkinen. Part of: Draped. Anna Rikkinen
Brooch: Leftovers, 2024
Ribbon, brass and metal.
30 x 20 x 10 cm
Photo by: Juhana Rikkinen
Part of: Draped
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Estimated price: 1000 €

Anna Rikkinen collects impressions from the past, present, and thoughts about the future. Her works mix Dutch portraits from the 17th and 18th centuries, her childhood in a small Finnish village, and ornaments from traditional African clothing. The works take us on a journey through history, across the world, and perhaps beyond the horizon.

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Anna Rikkinen
In her newest series of work Draped, Anna Rikkinen investigated the nature of ribbons. Ribbons and bows carry many connotations.

I wanted to find out what kind of power ribbons and bows hold, I wanted to explore not only their decorative nature but also the links to femininity and masculinity in fashion and art.

Ribbons have been used to decorate and adorn for a very long time. Today ribbons and bows are considered frivolous although they have been culturally significant for thousands of years. Ribbons appeared when civilizations began crafting fabrics. Ancient civilizations for example Greeks, Egyptians, Sumerians, and Aztecs wore ribbons for practical, aesthetical, and symbolic reasons. They tied clothing or held hair in place, but could also indicate social status and wealth.

Anna Rikkinen’s work often explores the concepts of wearability. The Draped series offers thoughts on wearability rather than being actual wearable objects. Some of the pieces you can try to wear while others just carry the emotional weight.

Opening: May 2, from 15.30 h to 18.30 h.

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/ Karin & Four