Karitsa | Lamb (2008)

This piece started as a playful thought of how could I use an animal character in a artwork for an Ev.-Luth. church, when animals are mostly seen as something rather demonic or pagan.
For installing the work I built up a tiny chapel into a cleaning closet of the gallery, for a visitor to spend a moment in silence and say their prayers. Having a ‘holy’ space somewhere very close to the everyday environment is not often seen in Ev.-Luth. religion, thus it was interesting to see reactions to this.

Materials on the piece: clay, acrylic, wool, ply wood, furniture nails.

(Installation photo by Jussi Autio/Kuvataideakatemia)