POST : March 1,2016
The exhibition title, Woolgathering, absent-mindedness, refers to daydreaming in a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake. In our society, negative aspects of daydreaming were stressed after human work became dictated by the motion of the tool.
As craft production was largely replaced by assembly line that did not allow for any creativity, no place was left for positive aspects of daydreaming. It not only became associated with laziness, but also with danger. For Saksi, daydreaming works as a tool to escape from reality and let imagination take over. Focused interest in dreams and borderlands of sleep and wakefulness, Saksi’s work pulls inspiration from visual delusions, dreams, visions, illusions one’s brain is capable of generating. His surreal works are like abstract landscapes that also refer to the tradition of optical art. Saksi’s distinctive landscapes of organic shapes combined with vivid imagery and colours create new radiant, psychedelic worlds. These paradoxical and playful themes create powerful, multi-sensory works.
The works of Kustaa Saksi transform daydreaming into woven optical illusions
Story of Woolgathering