The position of our body tells a lot, whether we want it to or not. Most of the time, our body language is unconcious. We are quite used to control our facial expressions, but when it comes to the rest of the body, communication is hard to fake. People have a constant need for a spiritual and physical connection to each other and at the same time, they crave for isolation. I want to bring out that contradiction by using humor and by partially covering the bodies. Some of the positions in these drawings are natural and easy. Some are more unconfortable and difficult to maintain, which means that they are also objectifying. In that sense, my work is also a critique of common images representing people in the media. Society has very harsh expectations particularly for women.
“Cavity” tells a unique story. I think that the position in this particular work is also difficult to maintain, but it is not objectifying, because it is based on a very personal idea. I had a dream: It was a cold summer night in Lapland. A tall, big, dark skinned and dark haired woman walked towards me from a dark forest. She approached me and she clearly wanted to say something. We didn’t share the same language, so she went into a certain position. In real life, it would have been completely impossible to achieve. When I woke up, I started to wonder what did she mean by that. I couldn’t figure it out, but it felt very important to me, so I decided to look for a pose as close to hers as possible.
© Aino Keinänen