TAPESTRY – Gobelins by Inka Kivalo
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TAPESTRY introduces Kivalo's latest gobelins and miniature sculptures.
Inka Kivalo received her MA degree 1985 with a major in textile arts. Since then she has made a long and successful career in the art of gobelin. She is a master of materials and colors, one of the most distinguished textile artists of our time.
Inka Kivalo sketches her work with watercolors and gouache. The bright and delicate layers of watercolor transform in her hands magically into the finished gobelin. The material changes from the thin translucent layers paint on paper to the tangible silk, flax and cotton.
Inka Kivalo dyes and builds her material from fibers and yarns she has collected. She weaves her work in a beautiful hundred years old loom built from fir tree roots. The works are constructed piece by piece, area by area. First, by weaving and knitting in the loom, then manually stitching the additional layers and the smallest details.
Kivalo is inspired by the tradition of textiles; materials, technical innovations, aesthetics. Her techniques are ancient. Inka Kivalo's working is a complete aesthetic process from the beginning to the end for each piece of work. The aspiration towards beauty is present in everything she does. It is present in her working space, her working equipment, her working, her works and in Inka herself.
"My approach and visual solutions vary. However, the basic elements of my work are always the same, whether it be tapestries, sculptures, jewelery or scarves. Color, composition, the soft glimmer of the material, traditional methods and craftsmanship "
"My work does not translate into text," says Inka Kivalo.
Her works have the same deep emotional power as music has.
Her textile art facinates by its sophisticated colorism.
- Katri Haahti, curator