Having grown up in a seaside town on the Baltic coast, I have always associated the sea with my home and a special place of both serenity and chaos. This is also where my father still works sailing on small cargo ships far and near, facing north winds and no ground under feet.
While awakening a strong sense of belonging for someone ashore, the sea opens a door to the rest of the world and big challenges for those who endeavour to tame it. At some point I too set on a journey to arrive at a new harbour in a different country. It brought me where I am today often looking back, thinking about life on the move and mankind versus or, on the contrary, in balance with nature.
Every trivial object I stumble across roaming around harbours, weathered by unsubmissive natural forces, is a poetic reminder of human intervention and constant struggle in conditions that were in essence the cradle of life. It is curious how these little things around us can tell many different stories, set a scene, trigger memories and thoughts, which will be different from one person to another. This is what inspires me as a maker and drives me to echo in my metalwork.
Piece by piece I am ‘painting’ a haven on a grey moody day. Somewhere in between these rings, neck and ear pieces you may see a wanderer looking at the misty horizon and longing for hearth and home. Or perhaps someone setting up for sailing to find something new? The viewers have the entire freedom to decide.