Primavera

Turku Arts Museum, 2012
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Entitled Primavera, Kiiski’s exhibition featured live plants on the window sills of the museum, their bright green leaves reaching towards the sun. By turning the lens of the camera on her own daughters, the artist reveals the complex of emotions associated with growing up. Growing is unavoidably also a process of letting go. The title of the exhibition refers to the famous painting Spring (La Primavera, 1478) by the Italian master Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510). Kiiski too has engaged with the painting, which appears as a small unfinished jigsaw puzzle in one of her photos. Nature and flowers have a strong presence in Kiiski’s photographs, just as they do in the Botticelli’s painting. The depicted situations are taken from the artist’s everyday surroundings. On one wall are two portraits of the artist’s daughters. In them, the children are looking at their mother’s exhibition, the very pictures in which they themselves appear.

Primavera (Lip gloss), 2011/2012, 110 x 110 cm,
Pigment print on aluminium, edition of 6

Primavera (Poppies), 2011/2012, 110 x 110 cm,
Pigment print on aluminium, edition of 6

Primavera (Stairs), 2011/2012, 110 x 110 cm,
Pigment print on aluminium, edition of 6

Primavera (Skipping rope), 2011/2012, 90 x 90 cm,
Pigment print on aluminium, edition of 6

Primavera (Bananas), 2011/2012, 90 x 90 cm,
Pigment print on aluminium, edition of 6

Primavera (Finnland), 2011/2012, 110 x 110 cm,
Pigment print on aluminium, edition of 6

Primavera (Bush), 2011/2012, 50 x 50 cm,
Pigment print on aluminium, edition of 6

Primavera (Mirror), 2011/2012, 110 x 110 cm,
Pigment print on aluminium, edition of 6

Primavera (Curtain), 2011/2012, 110 x 110 cm,
Pigment print on aluminium, edition of 6

Primavera (Digitalis Purpurea), 2011/2012, 110 x 110 cm,
Pigment print on aluminium, edition of 6

Primavera (6 years), 2011/2012, 50 x 50 cm,
Acrylic print, edition of 6

Primavera (9 years), 2011/2012, 50 x 50 cm,
Acrylic print, edition of 6