23.03. - 29.05.2022
The exhibition "Happy gardener" by Tiina Puhkan
garden has been an important topic in my creative work throughout the
years. In art history and the history of religion, the garden is
associated with various symbolic meanings. For me, the garden is a
meeting place, where man invites nature and tries to make different
kinds of agreements with it. Old orchards or parks with ancient
fruit-trees and the blurred outlines of abandoned patios or flower
beds are particularly heart-warming and exciting. As a teacher of the
history of textile design, I’d compare them to historical,
weathered fabrics, which only show the non-faded shades of colour in
which the most meaningful shapes and the aesthetically most valuable
patterns had been woven. There are vague contours, so that in some
places you may see a flash of bare warps as the weft has worn away.
In inherited gardens, the branches of huge trees are stretched out
like the durable warps, and between them the most ethereal weft –
the song of the birds – is woven. In places like that, you feel the
care and the kindness of past generations and perceive their
aesthetic sense, you try to preserve what is left, and plant your own
bed of herbs and flowers, and make them fit into the flowing tapestry
of time and garden that keeps you in balance and gives you hope...
all goes well, if the moment is right, you will feel the presence of
the Great Gardener. And you think that man is powerful, but nature is
even more powerful: if you leave the garden unweeded and untended for
just half a year, you will see who will walk and grow there.
happy gardener works from the heart.