Saara Ekström's installation presented at Millesgården Museum's summer exhibition
Saara Ekström is one of the artists to participate in the summer exhibition Älskade Blommor (Beloved Blossoms) in the Millesgården Museum in the island of Lidingö, Sweden between May 30 and August 30. The exhibition includes Ekström’s installation The First Sigh. Other artists in the exhibition are Ivan Aguéli, Roger Andersson, Dick Beer, Sven X-et Erixson, Elsa Grünewald, Denise Grünstein, Agda Holst, Eugène Jansson, Gunilla Lagerhem-Ullberg, Henning Malmström, Heikki Marila, Maria Sibylla Merian, Olga Milles, Emma Mulvad, Jenny Nyström, Ewa-Marie Rundquist, Theodor Schröder, Andy Warhol and Frans Ykens.
The First Sigh shows a bunch of lilies ascending and descending as if it follows the rhythm of slow breathing. White flowers unhurriedly absorb black colour, the bunch descends and gets dyed, in order to ascend back to the starting point maidenly pure and untouched. In front of the flower arrangement there is a running text in which 4-7 year old children tell stories about their lives, and like the darkening and lightening cycle of flowers, the stories of the children move from shadow to light.
Saara Ekström (b. 1965) lives and works in Turku, Finland. She has studied in Turku Drawing School (Turku Arts Academy) and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, the United States. In her video, photography and installation works, Ekström is interested in natural and artificial materials that embody strong symbolic values. She has participated in several national and international exhibitions since 1986. She was a candidate for the Ars Fennica Award in 2002 and the artist of the year of Helsinki Festival in 2005. Ekström’s extensive solo exhibitions have been seen at Amos Anderson Art Museum in 2005 and at Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma in 2011. Her works are represented in many collections in Finland and internationally.
Älskade Blommor at Millesgården Museum in Lidingö, Sweden, May 30 – August 30, 2015. More information: http://www.millesgarden.se/future-exhibitions-586.aspx