Carola Grahn

My Name is Nature

Carola Grahn’s contribution to the Ii biennale is a series consisting of three wood signs with hand-carved sentences positioned in relation to the landscape. The blunt sentences bring to mind human relations.
Carola Grahn: My Name is Nature. 2016. Environmental Art Park Ii. Photo: Antti J.Leinonen

My name is Nature responds to the human desire to connect with nature and be absorbed by the sublime. This work addresses the idea of nature as a single subjective entity that can be conceived as a human possessing consciousness and emotions. Each symbol portrays nature as a quite moody and unwilling lover who feels somewhat used. As Grahn states, perhaps this lover called Nature is not as cheerful and eager to connect to humans as our fantasy might suggest. Her work takes up this theme and critiques civilisation as a whole. We can see it as a comment on modern society’s endless demand for resources. It also points to the discrepancies between our thoughts and actions regarding nature.

Grahn (b. 1982) is of south Sámi descent. She grew up in Jokkmokk and received a master of fine arts from the Royal Institute of Art in 2013. She lives and works in New York. Grahn works primarily with narration in text, photography, installation and sound. Intense emotions, such as contempt, desire and vindictiveness, are often the point of departure in her praxis. Grahn constructs and deconstructs humans’ relations with each other and with nature to understand our given roles and how they relate to individual self-image and influence society. Among other venues, her work has been exhibited at Art Edition 2014 at Hangaram Art Museum of the Seoul Arts Center, South Korea 2014, Passagen Konsthall, Linköping 2015, and SP, Tromsö 2015. She also published the novel Lo & Professorn in 2013.

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