Kaikkonen, an internationally acknowledged and respected artist who has had her work on exhibition throughout the world and in the most important art centres, mainly produces site-specific, large-scale environmental installations with items which evoke everyday, domestic life. According to organisers who co-commissioned the May festivities in Brighton, where she was present with her installations “The Blue Route” and “Time Passing By”, her intention was mainly to create a celebratory portrait of common city dwellers, using second-hand clothes donated by city residents themselves. She further wished to bring a smile to the face of Brighton residents and visitors alike.
A particularly relevant aspect about Kaarina Kaikkonen’s creations is the fact that viewers are allowed to walk around and along their perimeter and to explore them as if they were territories meant for them to explore. Visitors to her exhibitions are, thus, offered the strong sensation that they are actually plunging into the works and embraced by them, as if they were actors moving within the setting unfolding all around them.
Just like Bob Dylan’s song, from which the title of this text has been borrowed, asks fundamental questions about our journey in life, her installations seem to herald questions which are blowing in the wind, in the same sense as “the answers, my friends, are blowing in the wind”.