2022 – Drawing Down the Moon

Collaboration with visual artist Ingeborg Blom Andersskog. Durational drawing performance and installation. Shown at Visningsrommet USF, Bergen, Norway in March 2022. Photos (the last hour of the performance): Thor Brødreskift

At Visningsrommet USF, Ingeborg Blom Andersskog (NO/SWE) and Maria Pääkkönen (FI) present their new work “Drawing Down The Moon». The exhibition consists of three days of durational live drawing performance continued with an installation showing the remains of the performance.The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a central ritual of the same name (also known as drawing down the Goddess) in many contemporary Wiccan traditions. As a title it also refers to the act of drawing or a drawing performance.

Andersskog and Pääkkönen share an interest in ritualistic behaviour and how to approach that topic and phenomena throughout the process of making art. In their new work they play with the concept of a ritual and how it relates to an artistic presentation and performance.

Ingeborg Blom Andersskog and Maria Pääkkönen met at Rejmyre Art Lab in Sweden in summer 2016, both participating at the Nordic Studio workshop “Clearcut”. The instant attraction to each other’s similarities in how to approach their surroundings and understanding of the world gave them the urge for working together. They presented their first collaboration You Are I Am You at Superb! -contemporary art festival in Turku, Finland in 2019.

The exhibition is supported by: Mobility grant by The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond.

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