Terhi Heino: Onnenpyörä

Completion year: 2018
Size: 49x 64cm
Keywords: Terhi Heino, Onnenpyörä, Taidesalonki, Kasvio, piirustus
In the spring of last year, the complete renewal of all the
pipes began in our building. Dumpsters were brought in our
yard for people to clear their apartments, and they turned
out be full of treasures. I found a 1960’s herbarium that was
collected by one of my neighbours – an elderly lady, who told
me about the history of the herbarium and about the places
where she had picked the plants.

The pieces in this exhibition consist of drawings made with
loose plants from the herbarium, sculptures, and
installations made out the pages. In the drawings, I’ve used
the same glue and tape technique that was originally used in
the herbarium. I let the shapes, structures and fragility of
the plants steer my working process and eventual themes.

Some of the pieces are related to the places where the plants were originally picked and where the past and present of urban planning now meet (A View of Kyläsaari Landfill, 2018). In some pieces, only the imprint of the plant remains as a silhouette recorded by the plant itself.

My pieces comment on the way nature and human beings record
their existence. There are references to the systematic
classification of both plants and humans, modern-day treasure
hunt, art history, and school assignments. My aim is to
humanize nature in the spirit of post-humanism.