V&A Finnish Institute in London Ceramics Resident Pauliina Pöllänen presents a site-specific sculpture inspired by Aaro Hellaakoski's poem 'Hauen laulu’ (‘The Pike’s Song’), an iconic Finnish poem from 1928 reflecting the beginning of modernism while drawing on Finnish folklore and epic poetry. The sculpture stands in the live fountain of Room 50a of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, referencing the heritage of stone fountains and Della Robbia’s neighbouring terracotta roundels, the pioneering architectural ceramic art of that period. Pöllänen’s artistic practice often explores negative space by creating architectural vessels. In this work, the voids of the structure are filled with water that travels through communicating vessels.
In collaboration with the Finnish Institute in London