MoA Master
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Photo: Leena Knif

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Photo: Leena Knif

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Photo: Leena Knif

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Photo: Leena Knif

 
Leena Knif
ART EDUCATION
1970, FINLAND

TIME WINDOW, AN ATTEMPT AT CAPTURING MOMENTS
Statement
My diploma work comprises photos, some of which I have printed on reindeer bone porcelain.
I photographed my mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and my young daughter, in the meeting point at the beginning and end of life, which resemble one another in a disconcerting way. I tried to capture significant fleeting moments and have a conversation in a moment of time when there are no words yet or any longer. I tried to connect with my mother and find a connection between my mother and my daughter, to make visible the person hidden by her disease.
    I photographed their hands a lot. The illness washes facial features away, but my mother’s hands are still her hands, where life goes on as it used to. A touch replaces words.
    On the porcelain tile, even the fragmented pictures from memory will stay forever. Mother has become fragile and transparent like a grasshopper; her fingers circle around the bars of the bed rail like the feet of a caged bird. The material and visual world of the work reflect these moods. My partner in the project was the Finnish Alzheimer’s Association.

Biography
Leena Knif studied art education at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and completed her M.A. in spring 2007. She previously graduated with a Master's degree in education from the University of Turku and studied English philology at the University of Helsinki. She has worked as a teacher since 1994 and has also taught on children’s art workshops. Photography, ceramics and graphic art have played a central role in her art in recent years and she combined them in her final thesis work. Her work has been displayed in group and solo exhibitions.
Contact information
+358 40 728 5051
leena(at)knif.net
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