To be at KK for a second visit means stepping into a familiar home, where the practicalities of life are given, understood.
It was possible to immediately reconnect with the earlier projects, to begin the new ones, conceived in the intervening months at home, to revisit the places where I worked in the autumn, & then of course to find them utterly changed by winter. Then the river is a road to everywhere, to new views, to new ways of seeing KK, & Illinsaari, & Ii itself.
And then there are new cultural works: the achievements of the summer Biennale, of the individual KK artists in their own work, stories of their exhibitions at home & abroad, their new plans, grants & achievements.
This visit involved travel too, to a broader sweep of Finland, with KK friends: to Lapland, Luosto, Pyhä, Kemijarvi, to Savo, Kuopio, Juva. Really beautiful places in themselves, they also provide a context to better understand KK & Ii.
The teaching of the youngsters’ classes was a highlight, & they produced some very fine paintings in artist-quality oil paints on Alta stone & Baltic pine boards. It was also very good to be present for the re-opening of the splendid, renovated art museum in Oulu, & see both contemporary works, & important Finnish painters such as Tyko Sallinen.
Thank you, as before, to Leena Vuotovesi for her kindness & constant consideration & professional oversight of the residency.