Art laced with gentle humour
Emma Jääskeläinen’s artwork Proper Omelette is a sculpture family whose parts spread out through Kiasma’s lobby and the 2nd-floor balcony. The work consists of two stone sculptures, a textile piece, and a bronze sculpture.
The starting point for the sculptures is the human body and the experiences embedded in its memory. Physical tiredness, sweating, and aches are also part of a sculptor’s work.
Emma Jääskeläinen explores the traditional medium of stone sculpture with courage and gentle irony. She employs elements taken from everyday environments and challenges the durability of stone by incorporating fragile materials into her works. Jääskeläinen’s choice of materials is guided by strong mental impressions. The machine blade sinks into travertine like into cheese, and rose marble is reminiscent of fatty sausage. A baseball cap, chewing gum, earplugs, or dried fruit can serve as material for sculpture just as well as stone.
Emma Jääskeläinen (b. 1988 Espoo) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki in 2018. Her work has most recently featured at the Rauma Triennale in 2019 and in Raatihuoneen galleria in Turku and HAM Gallery in Helsinki in 2018.
Kiasma Commission by Kordelin is a production and support model for contemporary art funded by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation. It aims to present emerging Finnish artists and increase the international visibility of Finnish contemporary art. The series has comprised one project per year during the years 2018–2020. The commissioned artworks have been added to Kiasma’s collections. Emma Jääskeläinen is the third artist in the series.