The symmetric floor pattern is created with pigment and flour mixtures. Additionally, it includes lichen collected from Finnish forests, animal bones, such as a bear skull and brass bowls. The paintings created directly on the gallery windows were made with pigments, yoghurt and buttermilk.
The organic elements of the installation represent Finnish heritage. A bear skull rests in the middle of the pattern; the most important of the Finnish sacred feasts, Karhunpeijaiset, was held in honour of a hunted bear. The work brings Finnish folk beliefs together with foreign influences that have been significant for the artist. The shape of the floor piece could be seen as a kind of mandala, a sacred diagram used in Buddhism. While the traditional mandala guides to enlightenment, the incomplete patterns of the installation represent a personal, ongoing research.
Exhibition views: Grimmuseum, Berlin, 2012
The origin of the word pyhä (holy) is not connected with any of the religions. The word has been used for thousands of years in different societies to express a dividing border - a border that defines the meaning for different phenomena. Only later pyhä has been taken into use by religions. The languages of the northern peoples don't have a word for religion, but instead place importance on the concept of pyhä.Outi Tikkanen, Sauvojen salaisuus, 2006