KARITA KIVIKOSKI-VEIJALAINENShould I say it?
Sometimes a shape encountered often over a period of several days opens up a channel to the subconscious. It provides insight and something important begins to brew in the mind. As I contemplate the subject and paint, the mood swings from the original brown tones to lighter, more delicate colours but the subject never changes.
Can a single sketch of a single shape - a hibiscus flower wrapped in on itself - be such a profound experience that a full exhibition can arise from it? When I started out, I could only see one painting at a time. By the time I reached the halfway point in my work, I had a box seat to the entire display. I could see the finished paintings, the painting I was working on and sketches of paintings yet to come, which were refined as they waited their turn. I focused on the work at hand and struggled within. Sometime painting is a contact sport both physically and mentally. Once I had finished one piece I started work on the next one. At first, my progress was consistent, until I found I had to revisit the older paintings.
Yes indeed, one sketch and one entire exhibition. The subject still seems important despite being so difficult to say out loud.