My drawing installation can be condensed into the word ‘impact’, meaning an object from outer space crashing into Earth. For me, ‘impact’ on a larger scale also signifies a certain type of threat and uncertainty but also reminds us of the importance of being present and living in the moment. Tiny causes can have major impacts.
What if there will be no individual, isolated disaster but, instead, a global catastrophe taking place all over the world as we speak – brought on by humans? Through my ink drawings, I explore the deepest being of people, their fears and the uncontrollability of life.
The surrounding chaos and unpredictability come into a new state of being through the large drawing installation and smaller ink drawings in the small gallery space of Kunsthalle Turku. Impact is a compilation of pieces to be studied in a dimmed space with the help of light.
The ink drawings invite the viewer to symbolically consider impact and its intrinsic threats, perhaps squint their eyes and use the light to find all the details hidden in the darkness and, for a moment, think about the question: “What if?”
Artist Eeva Honkanen finished her Master’s degree in Arts (Art and Design) at Aalto University’s Department of Art in 2010. Concern over the loss of natural biodiversity inspires Honkanen’s artwork. The soundscape of the installation was recorded in 2017 in New York where Honkanen worked at the residence of the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institute. IMPACT is part of an artistic process started in New York. Her work has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the People’s Cultural Foundation and the VISEK Centre for the Promotion of Visual Art.