Kalevala

The Kalevala is an epic poem, composed of fifty ancient songs from the area of Karelia which is now Finland. These objects are abstractions of stories from this epic poem. Each piece is based on a short text from a different chapter. Reflecting on how the Kalevala played a key role in defining Finnish identity, the pieces seek to express Nordic character through their form and materiality.

Plaster and metal sculpture inspired by rune 3 of the Kalevala: The Singing Match.

#3 | The Singing Match 

the lakes rippled, the earth shook, the copper mountains trembled, the sturdy boulders rumbled, the cliffs flew in two

Plaster and metal sculpture inspired by rune 4 of the Kalevala: The Drowned Maid.

#4 | The Drowned Maid

Her shoes upon the wet rock, her beads on the sandy shore, her rings upon the shingle. A rock was bright on the main, a boulder glittering gold

Timber, plaster and wire sculpture inspired by rune 4 of the Kalevala: The Mermaid.

#4 | The Drowned Maid

Her shoes upon the wet rock, her beads on the sandy shore, her rings upon the shingle. A rock was bright on the main, a boulder glittering gold

Timber and wire sculpture inspired by rune 6 of the Kalevala: A Brother's Revenge.

Plaster and timber sculpture inspired by rune 9 of the Kalevala: The Castaway.

Timber and wire sculpture inspired by rune 8 of the Kalevala: The Wound.

Steel, plaster and wire sculpture inspired by rune 9 of the Kalevala: Iron and Blood.

Timber and wire sculpture inspired by rune 10 of the Kalevala: Forging the Sampo.

Steel, plaster and wire sculpture inspired by rune 11 of the Kalevala: A Bond Made.

#11 | A Bond Made

wanton Lemminkäinen drove, with his own stallion, with his chosen foal, into the midst of their sport, of the beauties’ capers, snatched Kylliki into his sledge

Steel sculpture inspired by rune 12 of the Kalevala: A Bond Broken.

#12 | A Bond Broken

although his mother forbade, and his parent warned. He bolts up, belts up, puts on iron shirts, buckles on steel belts, and he put this into words: ‘In armour a man’s tougher, in an iron shirt better, in a steel belt more powerful

Timber and wire sculpture inspired by rune 13 of the Kalevala: The Demon's Elk.

Timber and wire sculpture inspired by rune 15 of the Kalevala: Resurrection.

#15 | Resurrection

Look if you will not say where you have led Lemminkäinen, I will smash the new kiln’s door, and break the Sampo’s hinges

Timber plaster and metal mesh sculpture inspired by rune 16 of the Kalevala: To Build a Boat.

#16 | To Build A Boat

He drew the hundred-mesh seine across the Tuonela’s river. Both across it and along and athwart to it too, to stop Väinämöinen getting out. The man of Calm Waters free ever in this world

Bent metal sculpture inspired by rune 17 of the Kalevala: Inside the Giant.

Welded steel sculpture inspired by rune 18 of the Kalevala: the Rivals.

18 | The Rivals

the everlasting craftsman was forging an iron bench, one of silver was working, an ell of dust on his head, a fathom of coal on his shoulders

Timber and wire sculpture inspired by rune 19 of the Kalevala: Vipers, Beasts, Pike.

19 | Vipers, Beasts, Pike

#the everlasting craftsman forges an eagle of fire, a wivern of flame; the feet he shaped of iron, of steel the talons, for wings the sides of a boat

Timber and wire sculpture inspired by rune 20 of the Kalevala: Slaughtering and Brewing.

#20 | Slaughtering and Brewing

it is a good sort of drink to tip into a barrel, to mature in a cellar, in an oak barrel, inside one with copper hoops

Timber and metal sculpture inspired by rune 23 of the Kalevala: The Wedding.

#21 | The Wedding

Timber and metal sculpture inspired by rune 22 of the Kalevala: Laments.

#22 | Laments

Timber and metal sculpture inspired by rune 23 of the Kalevala: instructions and a warning.

#23 | Instructions and a Warning

Timber and metal sculpture inspired by rune 24 of the Kalevala: departure.

#24 | Departure

Timber and steel sculpture inspired by rune 25 of the Kalevala: Homecoming.

#24 | Departure