MRS AALTO SAYS

2019

SERIES OF FOUR DRAWINGS, DIFFERENT TYPES OF PENCILS ON PAPER, 42 X 30 CM EACH

When we talk about the Aalto vase, we automatically think of him, the world-famous Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898 - 1976), who designed, among other things, the Schönbühl high-rise building in Lucerne, whose likeness is depicted on Finnish postage stamps and banknotes, and who was awarded numerous prizes and honors worldwide.
It is still little known that this vase, which later became a design classic, was created in collaboration with Aalto's first wife, the Finnish architect and designer Aino Maria Marsio-Aalto (1894 - 1949). Leafing through publications on Aalto such as the standard work "Alvar Aalto.  The Complete Works. In three volumes.Zurich Munich 1963", one comes across neither Aino Marsio nor Elissa Mäkiniemi, Aalto's second wife, also an architect and designer. The exhibition catalog "Alvar & Aino Aalto - Design : Collection Bischofberger" published in 2004 seems to be the first and last attempt so far to honor Aino's contribution. On Wikipedia you can read in this regard "Aino Aalto's role in contributing to the worldwide fame of her husband has not yet been fully explored.
husband has not yet been conclusively researched."  (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aino_Aalto).Certainly, it is almost impossible to read out the individual signatures in the collaboration of a pair of artists*. But is it even important to find a quantifiable share? Can a value be elicited through this? Is it not rather a matter of finally appreciating the women who, whether as private and/or professional partners, stood behind and alongside each man and helped him to fame and glory?

My four-part work "Mrs. Aalto Says" should be understood as a homage to all those women who have who would have liked to realize themselves professionally in their lives, but had to take a back seat. Yes, I think of my grandmother, who as a young woman trained as a professional opera singer, and then after and then, after marriage and because of the children, had to forego the pursuit of her great passion. passion after marriage and because of the children. After the children left home, she did not find any support and therefore did not have the the strength to realize her dream. This made her very bitter. And of course it also shaped
my socialization.
I circled the Aalto vase a thousand times with a pencil, tracing the waves, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. I used four different pencil hardnesses on four different sheets of paper. Depending Depending on the hardness of the pencil, I accidentally damaged the paper, so that holes also appeared. Sometimes the pencil slipped and went beyond the edge of the sheet. Also the vase came by the circling in motion. The result is floating structures in organic shapes made of shiny, fine and thick pencil strokes.

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