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Sari Liimatta: High / Low

Exhibition  /  24 Sep 2009  -  31 Oct 2009
Published: 22.09.2009
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Sari Liimatta’s objects are a mirror of her persona: delicate and sensitive creatures alone in a loud world, yet following their path in a surprisingly straightforward and tenacious way.
 

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Sari Liimatta
Deep in the forest I met wild deer.
And I went higher.
And I went lower.


Sari Liimatta was one of two winners awarded the ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE scholarship by the Stiftung für angewandte Kunst und Gestaltung des Kantons Bern (foundation of applied art and design, canton Bern). From December 2008 to June 2009 she was provided with an apartment in Biel, which she could use as workspace. I am very pleased to announce that Sari Liimatta’s impressive and fascinating work that was created during this six month period will be on show in a single exhibition at the gallery Friends of Carlotta.

Sari Liimatta’s objects are a mirror of her persona: delicate and sensitive creatures alone in a loud world, yet following their path in a surprisingly straightforward and tenacious way. Her connection to nature comes through in her work. Her objects are the ambassadors of another world that have come to claim our respect and our protection.

Sari Liimatta finds her animal objects, which are made of synthetics and other materials, at flea markets and in second hand shops. Her work starts with skinning, scraping and peeling, until the animal object presents itself naked and defenceless. In a ritual-like way she exposes the innermost of the creature, searching for a way to express the vulnerability and fragility of each animal. With painstaking, almost meditative patience she gives the animal object a new covering. But the decorative façade is deceptive: underneath the surface, pointed needles cross each other, revealing belly’s network that is just as vulnerable as it is violating. None of the details on Sari Liimatta’s objects are accidental. The arrangement of the pearls, the choice of colours, the placing of the needles – it all has a deeper meaning. The new attire helps give the animal its true identity and lends it Sari Liimatta’s voice.

Sari Liimatta’s creations tell stories with profound humour. They tightrope walk between jewelry and art objects, are rather more works of art than comprehendible objects, rather more tangible than tellable, sometimes attractive, sometimes frightening and equally communicative as they are reserved.

The longer one deals with Sari Liimatta’s objects, the more impressive, strong and authentic her language becomes. All of a sudden the objects go straight to the heart, not needing any further words.
/ Bruna Hauert, September 2009 


Opening: 24th September 17h
 
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