Riitta Päiväläinen’s work is finally available in a book! ‘Imaginery Meetings’ is the title of the picture book published by Kehrer Verlag. The Finnish artist arranges installations in landscapes, using old clothes that she sources from flea markets or second hand stores, she then photographs the results.
Riitta sees these old, discarded clothes as abandoned ruins, faded traces of the previous owner, who banished them form their wardrobes and lives a long time ago.
They symbolise both the presences and absence of the previous owner. Landscapes in Finland, England and Japan have served as stages for the photographer’s presentation of the items of clothing.
Many of her series see her dip trousers and coats in water, waiting for the Finnish winter frost to freeze them. The freezing of the apparel makes them appear more animated, as if they are being worn by someone, they are given a sculptural quality, which opens various metaphoric and narrative doors.
Riitta Päiväläinen (*1969) is a member of the renowned »Helsinki School« and is represented by the TaiK Gallery, amongst others.
by Riitta Päiväläinen
published by Kehrer Verlag
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