Christine Candolin

presentation of my work / visions behind them


I have been working with installations since early 1980.

Scientific research, such as neuroscience, biology and “the Science of the Mind”, the postmodernist, ontological and episthemological studies on perception and interpretation of the world, have become the main inspiration and resource behind my work, and these ideas have manifested as allegorical forms in my art.

Evolution of the human mind, especially the interconnectedness of matter and mind and the emergent properties connected to this, are the important constituents of my studies, and can be seen as allegorical reflections in my installations.

In 2008 I showed the three room installation called “Matter & Light “ at the Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki. In this exhibition I studied the concepts of matter, thought and meaning, combined with the ideas of the evolution of the human mind. Here I used the phenomenological tool of meditation as one of the components in the exhibition to stress a scientific validity on the 1st person experience in a broader sense.

The phenomenological, 1st-person experience as subject matter, has recently regained  great interest and has become an object to the neuroscientific research. The famous European thinker and philosopher, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, has written about phenomenology in his books; Phenomenologie de la Perception , already in 1945, and  Le Visible et l´invisible  in 1964. This phenomenon has not widely been accepted as a part of the scientific research, and has only lately been “rediscovered”.

I’m often assembling my installations to fill several rooms, so that the subject matter can be sensed through the connotations of the combined materials, form, and thought.

Some of the materials I use have a transient character, like water, breeze, light, grease, and pigment powders. But also stones, concrete slabs, steel, glass and other reflecting surfaces are often parts of the installation. I prefer to create installations in which beauty combines with austerity, meaning and thought.
In my latest work I´ve been concentrating on video-installations. I´m creating big wall projections where I continue the studies of human perceiving and identification. Also studies on cultural and social borders aswell as mental locations are the constituents of my video-installations.

I have also started to use sounds- in-space- installations. Here I´m combining video-installations with sounds and other installation objects.