Three Voices/Kolme Ääntä, 2019
In her recent graduate exhibition, Linda showed the work Three Voices/Kolme Ääntä incorporating two-channel video, sound installation, and three large-scale sculptural instruments she invented and built from the trunks of cut trees. Through sound, the work explores environmental change and vulnerability, humans’ capacity to listen, and the music, song and resilience that comes from diversity.
Two-channel video, sound, 3 sculptures of reclaimed untreated wood
Konkelo, an old Finnish word rarely used by urbanites, describes when a fallen tree is caught in the limbs of a standing tree. Even in low winds, the trees rub against each other producing a distinct sound, or ääni, a voice. The existence of the word konkelo implies a culture connected to forests, forestry, as well as one of listening. The phenomenon of one tree remaining stuck in another implies an unrushed forest, slowly changing. In an industrial rushed forest, teollisuusmetsä, what sounds are lost? In a landscape of alternating monocultures of pine and birch, is the absence of certain ääniä, sounds, voices, votes. Through instruments that Linda invented and built within three different cut trees, koivu (birch), haapa (aspen) and vaahtera (maple), comes a chorus of diversity. Linda’s video and sculpture installation, explores the pace of trees’ natural rhythms, humans’ capacity to listen, and the music, song and resilience that comes from diversity. Works sold together, price upon request. Installation photo by Petri Summanen.