Monument (2015)


As an artist with a performance-based practice, Essi Kausalainen builds her work around actions, gestures and processes. Her practice is currently defined by her interest in collaboration between human and non-human bodies (people, plants, minerals, animals and objects).

When describing her work, she has raised an interesting question: how is being a person different from being a plant or a rock? Her works touch the human consciousness and question our apparent superiority over the world that surrounds us. It is important to note that her works are underlined by a healthy dose of the absurd rather than aggression or indecency. This helps the everyday objects used in the performances to be seen from such a different angle that differentiations along the lines of “human”, “plant” and “thing” recede and the elements essentially become equal participants in the game of life.

Siim Preiman