MIKA KARHUPhotographs, drawings 1.11.2009 – 22.11.2009

Frontier 3, 2009
pigment proof on paper
150 x 131 cm

As an artist I am interested in understanding the emotional layers of our past. If we are unable to understand the evolution of man as a cultural and social being, and mankind´s constructed history, we will be incapable of comprehending scientific theories, art or various conceptions of a human being. A deep understanding of the phenomena generated by human conduct is impossible, unless we are able to see how these actions and phenomena have evolved in a first place. And above all, we must be conscious of the conditions that have prevailed when the new forms of conduct have originated.

The constructs of each prevailing cultural and social conducts have arisen and been shaped through historically transmitted information and actions; consequently new actions are always built, inevitably, on the basis of conditions that are already existent. The past and present are thus engaged systemically.

It is out fate that the past and future are a part of our social and cultural conduct, the former as a memory, and the latter as a plan. As an artist I am interested in the tensions of this experiential loop, in which social meanings concurs with emotional interconnectivity.

Mika Karhu


    A scenery of sounds rub out from the ends of growth, 2009
    charcoal on paper
    235 x 165 cm

  • karhu/2009/mika_karhu_female_christ_2008

    Female Christ, 2008
    charcoal on paper
    235 x 160 cm

  • karhu/2009/mika_karhu_frontier3_2009

    Frontier 3, 2009
    pigment proof on paper
    150 x 131 cm

  • karhu/2009/mika_karhu_jalkia_jattamatta_2009

    Nothing left behind, 2009
    photograph on aluminium
    90 x 91 cm


    The dew of sun's light freezes into the deep throat of history, 2009
    pigment, ink, charcoal, ash on paper
    220 x 160 cm

  • karhu/2009/MIKA-KARHU-EI-SE-KATOA-KOSKAAN-2009

    It will never vanish, 2009
    pigment, ink, ash on paper
    162 x 127 cm


    Nerve flower beats alone in history, 2009
    pigment and ink on paper
    115 x 129 cm


    From a distance together, 2009
    wood, iron, electric light
    65 x 35 cm