Kati Leinonen: Reflection

09.08.2014 - 07.09.2014

"The surface of the small forest pond reminded me of the cracked surface of an old, worn-out mirror. Topmost was a rough, bluish sheet of oil, difficult to see through. But once I got my eyes focused on the reflection under this surface, another world was revealed to me. The blue plate of oil covering the surface of the water made the reflection on it appear like a painting. I took its picture, printed it, and studied the result for a while. Finally, I turned it upside down. I was no longer able to tell the direction from which I was looking at the scenery. The image became dream-like. The mute presence of the odd sheet of oil on the pond surface made me feel as if I were peering into the world from its inside, posthumously.

Earlier the same week, I had met in the street an elderly woman who had lost her way. She asked me to help her find her home. All she could remember was an address. But she was not sure whether she in fact was still living there.

These two incidents became entangled in my mind. So fragile is the human mind and our perception of the world. So fine is the line between familiar and unfamiliar. In less than a fraction of a moment, our entire world can turn upside down and the familiar become unfamiliar."

Kati Leinonen is an Oulu based artist, who has studied photographic art and gratuated from London College of Printing, as well as from University of Lapland. Leinone's first solo exhibition was held in 2010 at Galleria 5, Oulu, and in 2012 she was chosen the visual artist of the year for the Oulunsalo chamber music festival.