MIKA KARHU
Drawings, photographs and video
3.2.2007 – 25.2.2007

Female Christ I, 2007
charcoal on paper
230 x 160 cm

 MIKA KARHU

My interest in strong emotional experiences beyond the processing capacity of the mind is the thematic starting point of my exhibition. Unarticulated events and experiences of our life story rise to awareness with their original power and control our chances of directing our lives.

Emotions, regulated by very complex factors, are the awareness of our bodies. The values, the psychodynamic factors and the historical situation prevalent in our living environment mould one ' s awareness and emotions. Emotional development, the process of events and the ability to express them are always tied to environment. Emotions are not processes born on their own.

The system called background emotions is controlled by processes that also regulate life itself. Background emotions are defined by various factors. Culture moulds the way emotions manifest themselves. This interacts with a one ' s ability to produce emotions appropriate to events.

In my work, I have looked for the background factors, with organicity and dependence as their pictorial metaphor. In Female Christ, the figure hanging from the upper part of the pictorial space compares with the tradition of sacrifice and suffering. In a global world, the ability to feel compassion is subject to demands for efficiency. This process, when understood in a wider sense, moulds cultural values where measuring and results form a background factor for evaluating one ' s life. Sometimes these processes, insuperable and unclear, are part of our life and guide it in a rather abstract way.

Mika Karhu

Siirry sivun alkuun
karhu/2007/KARHU-Female_Christ-1-2

Female Christ I, 2007
charcoal on paper
230 x 160 cm

karhu/2007/KARHU-Female_Christ-2-2

Female Christ II, 2007
charcoal on paper
230 x 160 cm

karhu/2007/KARHU-Female_Christ-3-2

Female Christ III, 2007
charcoal on paper
230 x 160 cm

karhu/2007/KARHU-His_Fears

His fears, 2006
charcoal on paper
225 x 160 cm

karhu/2007/KARHU-Cape

Cape, 2006
charcoal on paper
230 x 160 cm

karhu/2007/KARHU-Tietoisuuden_ongelmia

Problems of consciousness, 2006
charcoal on paper
245 x 160 cm

karhu/2007/KARHU-Artyva_paksusuoli

Inflamed large intestine, 2007
charcoal on paper
250 x 160 cm

karhu/2007/KARHU_Rangaistus

Punishment, 2007
charcoal on paper
230 x 160 cm

karhu/2007/KARHU_MAATUNUT-2007

Mouldered, 2007
pigment print on paper
62 x 48 cm
edition 6

karhu/2007/KARHU_EPAILYS-2007

Doubt, 2007
pigment print on paper
62 x 48 cm
edition 6

karhu/2007/KARHU_1918-NRO-II

1918, nr II, 2007
B/W-photograph
126 x 177 cm
edition 6

 
 
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