Kaarina Kaikkonen, Finland
As with many of her other works, the Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen installed this piece as a site-specific installation. Working in unusual spaces both inside and outdoors, Growing Connections was made by assembling recycled clothing in new configurations. The garments suggest their human shape and former use, now transcending their use as fashion or protection. Re-imagined and collectively shaped by the artist as an abstract form, Kaikkonen’s floating and hung cloth forms give new life to the threadbare. The shapes, textures and colors – of pieces from numerous lives come together to form a coherent collective sculptural form.