Laura Könönen (b. 1980) often selects stone as a material as, to her, it symbolises silence without the presence of humans, when all sound has disappeared. “The stone sets itself on a different timeline than the existence of the individual,” says Könönen. The artist combines material in surprising ways with everyday things, such as a telephone booth, a speaker cabinet or a dying bonfire, thus creating different language images with her works. Könönen explains that she wants to bring the melancholy of existence to her works in this way.
In addition to black diorite, Könönen uses materials such as marble, light, sound, steel and glass. Often interlayering her work with her own written metaphors, the artist alludes to various conceptual thoughts and ideas.
Photos: Matti Pyykkö