Odysseus Atlas, 2019
It was early spring we landed on Korpo Island in Archipelago Sea. At that time ice was leaving its’ shores and snow melting away, unveiling granite terrain softened by rich mosses and lush forests. As residents of AARK (Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo) we spend much of our time watching passing ships and exploring surroundings, searching for an evidence of an islandness. We found it, by surprise in a densy forest, which seemed to us as a gallery without borders – inspiring with capacious for diverse ideas: insularity and connectedness, constancy and movement, self-sufficient and dependent.
OTHER THERE, open-air
Lucky chance induced us to work in a little forest area alongside the harbor there was no man’s garden. We rendered it with a sense of a gallery, were objects emanates from the background, but appears in the foreground, distinguishing “here” and “there”. After cleaning an area we piled up bunch of material to work with: cut trees and twigs, coal, soil and some clay. Intimate touch with environment, exposed vague boundary between nature and culture. Objects, we installed in the area are meant to be a guide to their environment.
BARE AS A BONE, wood
First appears curved birch tree, doomed to be cut, for it was grown up crooked in an oppression of spruces hedge. It hangs on a fork of an alder tree skinned and curved to resemble skeleton of a wale and dissolve into forest site.
WAVE TO THE ROCK, soil
From here in a distance appear soil waves, rolling over as you walk closer. Influenced by exclusive geography, soil pattern refers to the seabed and marginality of shorelines. It is about making the imperceptible perceptible, while retaining the form of its imperceptibility to make the invisible visible.
OVER HERE, wood
In the central part of an area shows up enclosed structure. Connected out of wooden joints it stands with support of embraced trees. It is dedicated to island journey circular like a pilgrimage – full of starts and stops, looping back on itself through a series of repetitions¹.
IN MY NATURE, tree, clay, chalk, coal
Just before leaving odd willow grabs attention. Camouflaged with imitation of birch tree it teases observant visitor.
I am he as you are he as you are me
and we are all together. ²
1. Gillis J. R. (2004) “Islands of the Mind”
2. The Beatles, I Am the Walrus, Yellow Submarine (1969)
Thanks for support to Lithuanian Council for Culture, AARK residency and community of Korpo.