Naked with strangers
‘ silence awareness existence ‘ residency January 2019 Haukijärvi, Finland
Yes it’s true, we all got naked with people we had only just met –
the Finnish sauna – remarkable really – words elude the experience… But naked bodies were just the beginning –
it wasn’t long before we exposed not just our physical flesh, but also laid bare our creative vulnerabilities, as our artistic processes revealed themselves in the naked light of the Finnish winter.
I came to regenerate, to reflect, to research, to reside in peaceful detachment from the mundane of the everyday – to strip down, to lay bare, to open up, to see what the naked eye could not –
to find whatever showed up –
The heart piece took its time, the vision blurred, its visibility felt rather than seen –
the pulse faint, but not dead – it remained in the background of making, but in the foreground of feeling, incubating in a timeless space and place –
‘hai’ lights happened – two installations in spite of a cold so deep even the bones questioned the reason for it.
One in a birch forest – Koivu – amongst the long shadows of the winter sun, up for a week in varying light.
One on a Kokku – a pile of fallen branches collected in autumn in communities throughout Finland – gathered to be burnt in celebration of light during the summer solstice –
‘hai’ lights – planting light in the darkest season –
a tribute, a visual reminder of the light within.
Naked with strangers – now friends
in the coldest, darkest season –
in silence, with the awareness of the vulnerability of our existence –
Grateful for its gifts