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PRESS RELEASE 16.11.2004
Finnish glass artists Liisa Ikävalko, Päivi Kekäläinen, Esko Kurvinen, Riikka Latva-Somppi and Anna Schroderus

All members of the group Hajavaloa are working as independent glass artists, they have taken part in many personal and group exhibitions both in Finland as well as abroad, and engage themselves in research and teaching their speciality. All of them are united by at least three facts: all were born in the 1960s, all graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, and all started their independent creative career in the 1990s. Each employs various techniques ranging from blowing, pâte de verre and fusing to cold working. The works displayed in the museum have been predominantly made during the last two years. The given display is the third joint exhibition for the group Hajavaloa (Hajavaloa – Jävenpäätalo, Finland, 2002; Hajavaloa II – Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland, 2003).

About the artists:
Liisa Ikävalko has a preference for time-consuming glass techniques. Creating the form and engraving demand concentration and an ability to “switch oneself off”. In the recent works, the author has attached a photocopy on glass surface. The theme is a close scrutiny of daily trifles.

For Päivi Kekäläinen, the making process and final result of her works bear an equal importance. While the hands are molding the veiny shapes with organic character, the thoughts follow the memories of the interplay of light and shadows in a summer day or of moments at the sea – and this also reflects in the material. When the glass powder (pâte de verre) is applied on the form taken from the clay model and then fused in the oven, a metamorphosis takes place whereby the delicate and translucent form replaces the charged one.

Esko Kurvinen combines blown glass with cast moulds. The colored cullet has been pulverized onto the surface of the items, and is smelted on only partly. The surface that emerges in this way reminds of melting glass. The works allow a sense of the roughness of old glass articles brought to light from sea or the depths of the earth by the archeologists.

Riikka Latva-Somppi deals with cold processing of the blown glass. Engraving under the surface of bright glass objects reminds of an old lacy tablecloth, charcoal or fur. Together with glass, the artist makes use of quite another material; the glass ball with leaf gilding made by the artist is resting on a soft white pillow reminding of a peaceful sleep or, on the contrary, of a sleepless night.

In the Anna Schroderus’s blown objects can be seen the traces of work and presence of a human being. Spots, spirals and brush strokes lead to the colourful wonderland of old toys or a circus tent. The random shredding of the metal foil and gliding on the glass is telling the same story as the paint peeling off from an old door, or as a dispersal of ice floe in the sea and the slow melting of ice in the springtime into tiny transparent pieces of silk paper.

Press release compiled by Ketli Tiitsar

Further information: Liisa Ikävalkolta, phone 041-459 5839

Ketli Tiitsar,
phone +372 627 4602, 

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