The Artist of the Year 2015: Katri Ikävalko

22nd July – 14th August 2016

After The Dark

Katri Ikävalko: On Top Of The Mountain, 2015,  lithography, silkscreen, 57 x 45 cm

Katri Ikävalko: On Top Of The Mountain, 2015, lithography, silkscreen, 57 x 45 cm


“My imagery is based on sheets and the symbolism in them. At the same time bed sheets are a place of rest and fear, in which a one wraps him-/herself to. One can sense the stories and millions of imagery worlds, which remain only in the consciousness of the person who experience them.

Clean, white sheets are perceived to offer security, comfort as well as a stable ground to rest for the next night. On the other hand they may change their meaning – into nightmarish burial shrouds. Metaphorically this comparison and contradiction fascinates me.

I live on the edge of dream and awake. As the elements in my work, I use sheet bundles, which describe the nocturnal process happening in ones subconscious. Rampaged surface of the sheets create landscape-like sceneries, where dream meets reality.”

The jury of the 91st traditional Annual Exhibition of the Turku Artists’ Association, visual artist Kaari Hilkka Könönen, chose Katri Ikävalko (b. 1985) as the Artist of the Year 2015. Ikävalko’s This current exhibition at the Gallery Å is Ikävalko’s award exhibition. Read more about the selection of the Artist of the Year.

The opening of the exhibition is on Thursday 21st of July at 6.00 p.m. Welcome!