THE WALL THAT DOES NOT EXIST
Riikka Kevo's degree work is artistic and the thesis asks questions such as why use window glass and what is it that makes normal window glass an interesting material to work with today. She also wanted to examine why she herself had had a long-term love affair with plain colourless window glass and why do some other artists, designers and architects also share the same feeling towards this old, durable, transparent, sensitive and altogether seemingly invisible material. Her thesis concerns window glass, light and space. A publicly commissioned stained glass installation The Wall That Does Not Exist (2004) in Aralis Library and Information Centre in Arabianranta, Helsinki, serves as the physical part of her degree work. The glass material for the work is mostly recycled and has been collected by the artist from treasured buildings in Helsinki. The Wall That Does Not Exist comprises eight parts. It is a horizontal and subjective abstract map of the coastline of Helsinki City. The glittery parts of the map mark either the places where the artist has lived or they have had a romantically special meaning for her during the period 1991-2001 when she was a light-hearted and fun-loving bride. Kevo brings a new spatial work made from glass to the MOA exhibition.
Riikka Kevo is a Helsinki-based artist-designer. She has studied ceramic and glass art and design, as well as visual arts and new media group work, at the University of Art and Design and will receive her MA in Applied Art and Design in spring 2007. For the last two years Kevo has been working mainly as a teacher of stained glass, Japanese watercolour woodcut printing and mould making in ceramics. She is interested in light, shadows, reflections, voids, architecture and traditional art techniques. Not to mention literature, people and travelling. Kevo has been teaching stained glass since 1994. She has a background as a draftsman and her clients have included the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and Nokia. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Finland and abroad.