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Kaarina Kaikkonen – Helsinki, Finland

Kaarina Kaikkonen is an artist best known for creating sculptural works using recycled materials, notably second-hand clothing seen in her memorable jacket installations. The environment is incorporated into these installations in some way, resulting in a beautiful, colorful cloth landscape. Each garment individually tells a story as an extension of its past wearer, and as a group they come together to create a history and visual retelling of their space.

About Kaarina Kaikkonen

Kaarina Kaikkonen (b. 1952) began as a painter, but has become known as a sculptor who shapes the urban landscape and makes installations emphasizing the sense of community. Kaikkonen studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts School in 1978-1983. Kaikkonen’s first installation was on display in Helsinki in 1988. In Finland, one of her most famous works is the Way -installation, which she built on the steps of Helsinki Cathedral in 2000.

Kaarina Kaikkonen - Networking, 2009 - Piazza Calderini, Bologna, Italy
Kaarina KaikkonenNetworking, 2009 – Piazza Calderini, Bologna, Italy

Kaarina Kaikkone - Prato contemporanea - Crossing Borders - 1
Kaarina Kaikkonen – Prato contemporanea – Crossing Borders, 2014, Firenze, Italy

Kaarina Kaikkone - Prato contemporanea - Crossing Borders - 2
Kaarina Kaikkonen – Prato contemporanea – Crossing Borders, 2014, Firenze, Italy

Kaarina Kaikkone - Prato contemporanea - Crossing Borders - 3
Kaarina Kaikkonen – Prato contemporanea – Crossing Borders, 2014, Firenze, Italy

Kaarina Karrikonen – Departure - VIII biennale dell’avana – 2003
Kaarina KaikkonenDeparture, 2003 – VIII biennale dell’avana, Italy

Kaarina Kaikkonen - We Are All In The Same Boat, 2008 - Eskilstuna Art Museum Eskilstuna, Sweden
Kaarina KaikkonenWe Are All In The Same Boat, 2008 – Eskilstuna Art Museum, Eskilstuna, Sweden

Kaarina Kaikkonen - Huellas (Traces), 2013 in Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chile - 1
Kaarina KaikkonenHuellas (Traces), 2013 in Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chile

Kaarina Kaikkonen - Huellas (Traces), 2013 in Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chile - 2
Kaarina KaikkonenHuellas (Traces), 2013 in Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chile

Kaarina Kaikkonen - Diálogos (Dialogues), 2013 in Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile - 1
Kaarina KaikkonenDiálogos (Dialogues), 2013 in Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile

Kaarina Kaikkonen - Diálogos (Dialogues), 2013 in Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile - 2
Kaarina KaikkonenDiálogos (Dialogues), 2013 in Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile

Kaarina Kaikkonen - 2013 - ICASTICA, 1.Biennale International d´Arte di Arezzo, Italy
Kaarina Kaikkonen, 2013, ICASTICA, 1.Biennale International d´Arte di Arezzo, Italy

Kaarina Kaikkonen - 2000 - Way, Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland - 2
Kaarina KaikkonenWay, 2000, Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland

Kaarina-Kaikkonen-2000-Way-Helsinki-Cathedral-Helsinki-Finland
Kaarina KaikkonenWay, 2000, Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland

Kaarina Kaikkonen
Kaarina Kaikkonen

Kaarina Kaikonnen - Shadow, 1999, Tampere, Finland
Kaarina Kaikkonen, Shadow, 1999, Tampere, Finland

Kaarina Kaikkonen - Hanging Clothes - 2
Kaarina Kaikkonen

Kaarina Kaikkonen- 2004 - A Path, Umedalen Sculpture Park, Umeå, Sweden
Kaarina KaikkonenA Path, 2004, Umedalen Sculpture Park, Umeå, Sweden

Kaarina Kaikkonen, Virtaavien vetten tykö (Towards Flowing Waters), 2006, Jyväskylä, Finland - 1
Kaarina Kaikkonen, Virtaavien vetten tykö
(Towards Flowing Waters), 2006, Jyväskylä, Finland

Kaarina Kaikkonen - Hanging Clothes, 2006
Kaarina Kaikkonen, Virtaavien vetten tykö
(Towards Flowing Waters), 2006, Jyväskylä, Finland

Kaarina Kaikkonen, Virtaavien vetten tykö (Towards Flowing Waters), 2006, Jyväskylä, Finland - 3
Kaarina Kaikkonen, Virtaavien vetten tykö
(Towards Flowing Waters), 2006, Jyväskylä, Finland

Kaarina Kaikkonen – The Gate, 2011, IL Caos-Conflicts, Collateral Event Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Kaarina KaikkonenThe Gate, 2011, IL Caos-Conflicts, Collateral Event Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Kaarina Kaikkonen - The Gate, 2011, IL Caos-Conflicts, Venice, Italy:Collateral Event Venice Biennale
Kaarina KaikkonenThe Gate, 2011, IL Caos-Conflicts, Collateral Event Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 

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