And It Was Empty (detail), 2004. Men’s jackets, 16 x 5 x 7 meters.

Out of the Ordinary: A Conversation with Kaarina Kaikkonen

Kaarina Kaikkonen, one of Finland’s leading artists, first showed her work at Art Basel Miami Beach in a 2004 exhibition curated by Julia P. Herzberg and Carol Damian. And It Was Empty—thousands of used men’s jackets arranged along a wall, somewhat reminiscent of the hanging jackets in Kaikkonen’s boat-shaped installation at the Havana Biennale earlier that year—became one of the highlights in the large warehouse space of Omni Art. The following year, Kaikkonen returned with My Outline, a work that from a distance appeared to be the outline of a large sailing vessel. On closer inspection, the white lines turned out to be made of ordinary toilet paper—a fragile, throw-away material normally outside the realm of art. In 2006, again during Art Basel Miami Beach, Kaikkonen installed Queen of the Night, created out of shoes, at the Bass Museum. She recently completed A Connection, an outdoor work suspended above a street in Nicosia, Cyprus, and two major site-specific installations in Italy. …see the entire article in the print version of December’s Sculpture magazine.