BLOG INTERVIEW // Sirkku Ketola: The artistic process of performing Paula written by firstindigoandlifestyle. Link HERE.
ACTUAL performances in HAA Gallery/Jetty Barracks/Suomenlinna Island/Helsinki/Finland.
During the exhibition
Sirkku Ketola: Stay and Stir – Halfway Curled Ribbons
HAA Gallery 5.-29.5.2022.
A Body Called Paula
performances in the gallery on weekends at 12.30 pm. You can freely browse the work just for a while,
or you can stay with it even longer (duration approx. 2-3 hours /performance):Sat 7 May - Light
Sun 8 May - Passion
Sat 14 May - Knowledge
Sun 15 May - Reality
Sat 21 May - Darkness. Work completes. Warmly Welcome!
Stay and Stir – Halfway Curled Ribbons is artist Sirkku Ketola’s solo exhibition that has been planned to the Jetty Barracks gallery space in Suomenlinna Island in Helsinki. The first gallery hall is composed with A Body Called Paula, a performance serie and an installation which transforms during the exhibition. This long project has become on it’s halfway turning point (2017-2027). The second hall is rhythmed with new smaller works, timeless compositions of love, serigraphy, wood, words and symbols.
A Body Called Paula, is an installation based on repetition and a meditative performance in which Ketola, taking the role of Paula, works on a large ornament on fragile paper. Paula is an allegory of a human as part of the universe and as a builder of technology. With the help of serigraphy, her hands and the space form a human printer, a sensual machine. Paula is enchanted with the ribbons, trapped in the activity and fettered by the body and matter. In Finnish the word paula is a synonym to a ribbon and a trap. The performance parts Light, Passion, Knowledge, Reality and Darkness symbolises the elements of full life. Tension is always present in the seemingly calm performance as the characteristics of the matter are in danger of being revealed when the fragile paper gets stuck. The ethereal soundscape of the performance has been created by Ketola.
A Body Called Paula, begun in 2017, is a ten-year long process. Every year three to four ornament ribbons are created in different parts of the world. The performance is physically demanding and the endurance of the artist’s hands determine the rhythm. The long timeline allows to override the control and lets the work itself find its essential form and dialogue. The task of the artist is only to maintain the movement.
A Body Called Paula performances in the gallery on weekends at 12.30 pm. You can freely browse the work just for a while, or you can stay with it even longer (duration approx. 2-3 hours /performance):
Sat 7 May – Light
Sun 8 May – Passion
Sat 14 May – Knowledge
Sun 15 May – Reality
Sat 21 May – Darkness. Work completes. Warmly Welcome!
Sirkku Ketola (b.1973) is a contemporary printmaker who combines serigraphy with different materials. She is a civilized savage who slows down the digital image stream through handicraft methods, trying to understand the relationship between human rhythm and matter. Ketola earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and she has taken part in numerous Finnish and international projects and exhibitions. She lives and works in Turku and occasionally in Brussels. The artist’s work has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and A Body Called Paula project by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and The Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Paula is a female name. In Finnish, the word means a ribbon, something to tie or to be enchanted. It is also a synonym for a trap. Globally it is known as a name, originally a Greek word ‘Paulus’, which means small.
The project is a performative installation that mixes screenprinting with performance. Part installation, part performance, A Body Called Paula is a piece that develops over the days of the installation through long-duration performance sessions. With the ethereal soundtrack the movements of the body become a sensual machine. The main themes addressed are time/ temporality, pleasure and the meditative process of working. The narrative story hunts beauty through light to passion, knowledge, reality, and depth to the final balance with darkness.
What is the measure of time? An ornament is a universal form of visual art in every culture. Every individual performance exhibition is part of the long-term project. During ten years, 2017-2027, Sirkku Ketola will produce hand-printed ribbons around the world which will finally be presented as one massive installation. The photo-based patterns changes in every ornament with the motive that rises from the previous performance place. Who knows what will happen?
PASSED // BECOMING
A Body Called Paula – Lab 2 /
Manual Sash, Private Lab and Instagram, Online, November 2021
A Body Called Paula - high/low. Marathon performances at Olohuone 306,4 km2 Festival in Martinkirkko, Turku, Finland, July 2021MAA ALLA feat. A Body Called Paula. Art Gallery Naantalin taidehuone, Museum of Naantali, Naantali, Finland, July 2020
A Body Called Paula. Muhuprint 2020, Association of Estonian Printmakers, Muhu Island, Estonia, July 2020
Called Paula – Elaboration, Circulation. Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee,
, May 2020
Body Called Paula – La Rituelle en Silence. Telegrafen, Academy of Fine Arts,
University of the Arts Helsinki, Utö, Finland, January 2020
PARADOX – Biennial Art Future / Future Signs. Art
Academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia, September 2019
Sacré - A Body Called Paula. La Chapella de Notre Dame de Marché, Jodoigne, Belgium, October 2018
RISTEILLÄÄN - Cruising feat. A Body Called Paula. Exit11, Grand-Leez, Belgium, October 2018
What's the Matter feat. A Body Called Paula. RAVI, Liége, Belgium, September 2018
Fabula feat. A Body Called Paula. Gallery Huuto, Helsinki, March 2018
A Body Called Paula, NARS, New York, USA, November 2017
AOmen, Paula vol. 2. Gallery Joella, Turku, Finland, September 2017
A Body Called Paula - La Détermination. Lá-bas – Self as the Third. International Performance
Festival, Helsinki, Finland, August 2017
Là-bas festival, A Body Called Paula - La Détermination text HERE
Visit also the Image Gallery.
The Essay 'Sirkku Ketola: A Body Called Paula' by Daryl Vocat is linked HERE.
The Exhibition info about the Open Studio, Toronto is HERE.
The Blog article about the Open Studio, Toronto is HERE.
Actual: May 2022, A Body Called Paula is busy in Suomenlinna Island/Helsinki/Finland, Welcome!
June 2022, A Body Called Paula will be busy in Eilisen jälkiä/ Wiurinlan kesä/ Wiurilan kartano/Halikko/Finland!
September 2022, A Body Called Paula will travel finally to Finlandia University/Hancock/USA
April 2023, A Body Called Paula will be seen in Engramme/Quebec City/ Quebec/Canada
May 2023, A Body Called Paula will do some extra sport in Hoeilaart/Belgium <3
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