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Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Mikko Rikala

Mikko Rikala

6 Movement in 6 Hours, 2018
Carbon paper drawing with a stone, framed
32 x 24 cm (each)

Mikko Rikala is an artist who also focuses heavily on using our natural environment for his art, whether nature is the subject or the tool. His work is a reflection that merges mystical and philosophical thoughts through the empirical process of observation, as he explores the relativity of time, speed, distance, presence, and absence.
His artwork 6 Movements in 6 Hours (2018) is a series done with stone and carbon paper. Rikala held the stone and ‘drew’ with it onto the paper six separate times, each drawing lasting 15 minutes longer than the last. This practice of what he calls 'meditative repetition’ has the power to juxtapose and break up relative movements of linear and circular time. Rikala’s artistic process incorporates the properties of chance as much as it emphasizes regimen. He preplanned this process of repeatedly drawing, however, the motions were improvised and the final result was unknown since the artist was unable to see his creation during the process of drawing.