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Friday Flowers 2014
Auran Galleria, Turku, Finland

29.10.-16.11.2014

Welcome to the opening on
Tuesday October 28th at 5-7 pm

In an interview in Helsingin Sanomat, published on the occasion of her
retrospective exhibition at Sara Hildén Art Museum, Marika Mäkelä said:
“I have painted for such a long time that I can begin reusing subjects from my earlier work for my new paintings. I have created a garden by painting, and now I pick subjects from there that seem interesting to me.”

In my exhibition at Auran galleria in Turku, I revisit a theme from my earlier work, exploring and developing it further: Mother Brought Home Flowers was a painting in my solo exhibition at Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace in 2012–2013. The new show is also a revisiting of the floral theme I used when I was younger.

I have painted several exhibitions, and have often dwelled upon the same thing: in preparing an exhibition, I rely on routines. I wake up at the same time and go to bed at the same time every day. I swim a kilometre at the same time. For fear of losing strength, I do not answer the phone. I don’t have the stamina to meet people, make conversation, let alone talk about relationships. I’m a bad friend and I’m selfish. Outside of work, I focus exclusively on routines. To the day, to the hour, I am boring and I survive.

When I was painting for this exhibition, I paid special attention to my routines and to their importance, and pointed up one of them:
Every Friday, I bought flowers to have at home for the weekend. I began calling my paintings ‘Friday flowers’. ‘Routine’ may be the wrong word, because it contains so much more.

The painting Mother Brought Home Flowers also tells about the habit of bringing flowers home for the weekend. It is an important symbolic point of transition between two different realities, signifying the act of emerging from my practice.
I have previously thought a lot about the boundary between victory and surrender in my work. For instance, raising hands up into the air is both a sign of victory and of surrender. In my paintings, I have also processed those moments or situations when we kneel down, such as getting married, in grief, tying a child’s shoelaces, vomiting, cleaning, praying, victory, communion, execution, etc. These things go well hand in hand.

Painting for this exhibition, my question was:
What situations make us hold flowers in our hands?

The bouquets and flowers in my exhibition tell about joining things and also about the weeks, emotions, conflicts and values of painting. They contain apologies, and also the wild joy of presence. Sometimes they contain puzzlement and wistfulness. Sometimes forgetfulness, tiredness or a delirious sense of power.

As a gesture, weekend flowers remind me of peace.

Helsinki, 7 October 2014

Nanna Susi
Translation Tomi Snellman

Read more: aurangalleria.com

TS 28.10.2014: "Rutiinit pitävät taidemaalari Nanna Suden käynnissä" (in Finnish)
TS 11.11.2014: "Kosminen pinkki" (in Finnish)



Image Item Name-
Angel Wing

Angel Wing

Oil on canvas 2014 Size: 160 x 160 cm        
Trifle of Luck

Trifle of Luck

Oil on canvas 2014 Size: 160 x 160 cm        
Queen of the Night

Queen of the Night

Oil on canvas 2014 Size: 130 x 170 cm        
Wild Rose

Wild Rose

Oil on canvas 2014 Size: 130 x 170 cm        
Round Table (to bird who flew towards everything)

Round Table (to bird who flew towards everything)

Oil on canvas 2014 Size: 130 x 170 cm        
Cosmos Pink

Cosmos Pink

Oil on canvas 2014 Size: 130 x 170 cm        
Flower Arrangement

Flower Arrangement

Oil on canvas 2014 Size: 90 x 120 cm        
Glowings

Glowings

Oil on canvas 2014 Size: 90 x 120 cm        
Fallen Snow Outside in Nite

Fallen Snow Outside in Nite

Oil on canvas 2014 Size: 90 x 120 cm        
Tenderness

Tenderness

Oil on canvas 2014 Size: 90 x 120 cm        

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