Photo Kohta Taidehalli (c) Violeta Bubelyte
Violeta Bubelytė & Henry Wuorila-Stenberg: Itsekuva
Itsekuva may be translated as ‘self-image’. Itse means both ‘self’ and ‘the Self’ in contemporary Finnish
Itsekuva may be translated as ‘self-image’. Itse means both ‘self’ and ‘the Self’ in contemporary Finnish, but it is an ancient word with correlates in other Uralic languages.
In traditional usage, reverberating with shamanic meaning, itse is a particular part of the soul, a guarding and guiding shadow-spirit that leads a person through life like a doppelgänger.
The artists in this duo exhibition are the photographer Violeta Bubelytė (LIthuania, 1956) and the painter Henry Wuorila-Stenberg (Finland, 1949). They have both spent decades practising self-searching and self-mockery while avoiding any identification of self-portraiture with self-obsession. The artist’s own body, they insist, is simply the live model who is always at hand and needs no instruction.