A Friendship is an encounter between two Nordic artists and their artworks. The exhibition shows individual works by textile artist Kerstin Björk and visual artist Eva Lamppu, along with a series of joint pieces that the artists took turns to work on from their own angle.
What kind of contact is generated between Björk’s embroidery and Lamppu’s textile works and paintings? And where does it come from? From the colours, the shapes, or the individual threads?
Kerstin Björk embroiders without any prior aim, letting the stitches grow automatically. Björk is interested in the unconscious; what happens when it is not our perceptions that guide the creative process, but chance and other factors? Occasionally, she lets the embroidery turn into sounds or objects. Björk (b. 1980) lives and works in Gothenburg and Småland in Sweden.
Eva Lamppu works with textiles and painting. She creates abstract, sculptural works out of second-hand clothes, and there are textiles in her mixed-technique works, too. The choice of material is part of the process; taking apart and reshaping women’s garments, such as silk blouses and pleated skirts, in an attempt to challenge her own notions of what it means to be a woman. Lamppu (b. 1979) lives and works in Helsinki.