Artist Blog

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Nov 14, 2017 - Anna Reivilä

In my works I study the relationship between man and nature by referring to the Japanese bondage tradition. The Japanese word for bondage, kinbaku-bi, literally means “the beauty of tight binding”. It is a delicate balance between being held together and being on the verge of breaking.


At the moment the most important working method for me is that the piece has to control you and not you control the piece, otherwise it becomes an object. It is also important that trough my travels and working I experience my alones and my sense of oneness.


Robert Smithson installed 12-inch-square mirrors to the site in his project “Yucatan Mirror Displacements” 1969. The mirrors reflected and refracted the surrounding environment and gave a new angle to see the landscape. In a similar tradition of Smithson’s use of mirrors, my lines show how shapes of the elements and the connections between them come visible when something alien is added. I’m not only changing their essence, but also my own point of view.