Location: 11 The Parade, Tumbarumba
Statement: The installation ‘Microcosm’ creates a parallel universe to view and step into. It invites the viewer to experience the wonders of this miniature world as a same size being and simultaneously aims to shed light on the richness and biodiversity of the incredible ecosystems that we are sharing our planet with. ‘Microcosm’ consists of printed fabric panels, and incorporates a soundscape (in collaboration with Mikko Perkola).
Elin&Keino’s main focus is on creating a dialogue between contemporary art and the environment, often resulting in ecologically charged installations. Communicating through participatory, tactile and common media, the artists wish to develop creative strategies to investigate environmental features, phenomenon, or characteristics. Site-specificity and temporariness are emphasised in their works. The Elin&Keino co-operation started in 2009 and artists Sandra Nyberg and Heini Nieminen have since actively participated in various outdoor exhibitions, environmental art events and residencies in their native country of Finland as well as abroad.
Biography: Elin&Keino were recently selected to create a permanent public artwork in Kouvola, Finland and were invited by the Finnish State Art Commission to produce a public artwork for Kerava State prison in 2021.
Previously the duo has taken part in exhibitions such as Sculpture at Scenic World (Katoomba, NSW), PA[e/s]SAGGI (Tirano, Italy), OpenART, Public art biennial (Örebro, Sweden), Ecoismi (Milano, Italy) and Headland Sculpture on the Gulf (Auckland, New-Zealand). As a duo they have been part of Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe 2012, 2017 and 2019 and in Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark 2011 and 2013. In Aarhus 2013 they won the Formueplejes prize and in Cottesloe 2012 they received the Kids’ Choice Prize.
This Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.