Graduate from Turku University of Applied Sciences Arts Academy: Jemena Höijer

24th April – 17th May 2015

Life Is a Serious Play

Jemena Höijer: Careless (2015), printmaking, mixed media, 61 x 34 cm.

Jemena Höijer: Careless (2015), printmaking, mixed media, 61 x 34 cm.

Jemena Höijer is graduating from Turku University of Applied sciences, Arts Academy as an artist and studies in her final exhibition the role of playing in adulthood. What if the play from your childhood never ended? What if it just changed its form into something more delicate but very important method of surviving like dancing in the Saturday night or wandering in the forest?

The exhibition from Höijer is called “Seriously playful” and it is executed as an installation with different methods of printmaking like photopolymer and monotype. Emancipated suspension, colorful landscapes and characters tempts the viewer to create a story of its own.

SURVIVAL METHODS IN ADULTHOOD

The base for Höijer’s work was the realization that actually the development of life is based on playing. For example animals learn all their vital skills through playing. According to Johan Huizinga human is more homo ludens, playful human than homo sapiens, vice human. The word play is scary for adult people but now it is not about the play with toys but the more abstract meaning of it. Child studies the world through toys but adults have other methods of surviving through the weekdays and responsibilities for example by favorite TV – show or running.
– My method of surviving is art. Actually art and play have common roots so in a way as an artist I wander this fine line between serious adulthood and playfulness. Art what a great excuse to goof off! Höijer states.

PLAYING IN NATURE

Höijer started with studying the state of playing in adulthood and soon she realized making prints of nature and animals. Höijer grew up in a forest with company of two cats, fields and a swamp. So eventually because Höijer was studying carefreeness and surviving methods the exhibition turned out to be a study of nature because for her it is the most important thing.
– For me art is self-examination and I don’t put boundaries on my work. Even the oldest animal gambol just for its own pleasure every now and then, explains Höijer of her working methods.

Meet the artist on Wednesday 6th May at 6-9 pm. Welcome!

Jemena Höijer: Detail from Life is A Serious Play, 2015, mixed media

Jemena Höijer: Detail from Life is A Serious Play, 2015, mixed media

Jemena Höijer: Detail from Life is A Serious Play, 2015, mixed media

Jemena Höijer: Detail from Life is A Serious Play, 2015, mixed media

 

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