Kärt Ojavee


The work combines algae from the Baltic sea, which will be burned during the exhibition. The forms of the burning elements are cast from fragments collected from the shores of the Sleepy Islands (Svefneyjar) in Iceland. What remains after the burning is a glass in the shape of a teardrop. The ghostly smoke releases an intensifying odour from the charred algae, creating a vision of a landscape where the remains of the once lively algae have become fossils, now releasing an energy of their own.

Kärt Ojavee (b. 1982) is an artist and designer who combines new technologies with traditional craft. Her approach to textiles is conceptual, exploring their historical meaning and possibilities for future development. Ojavee’s interactive textiles and installations often feature electronic components that speculate on future possibilities, characterised by their ability to change during their life cycle. She is interested in the transformation of materials over time, and ways in which the materials are in symbiosis with their environment. Ojavee creates experimental materials and has recently been working with various surplus  materials and seaweed biomass, focusing on the value of matter.

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