Artist's own weather station called Orava installed on the hill of Palajakkanvaara. Photo by Miina Kaartinen, 2020.
Between maintaining and making. Pigment field laboratory: mushrooms, plants, waste and other. Mustarinda house, August 2020
Small Talk #4: Everything Weather, Lofoten Biennial, 2019. Photo by curator of the artwork Neal Cahoon.
Michaela Casková is an artist, art educator, nomadic gardener and forager who keeps an eye on atmospheric events. Walking, observing, asking, being in silence, listening, imagining, picking, foraging, mapping and drawing are some of her tools. Motivated by processes of connecting, sharing, doing, being and learning together she keeps moving between different collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. As a chair of Mustarinda association she takes part in projects intertwining art, science and ecological and cultural diversity. Most of her wanderings, foraging and gatherings are connected to Mustarinda house surrounded by old-growth forest or by the sea in her studio in Lapinlahti bay and Suomenlinna island in Helsinki. Michaela has received Masters in Fine Arts (2012) and Masters in Education in Arts (2014).
While becoming islander, I will continue working on my long-term series called Small Talks. Small Talks are based on fascinations, conversations, observations and wanderings with the weather we share. One part of the project was shown in the beginning of the year in Gallery Ars Libera in Kuopio, on Örö island and developed further in Ars Bioartica residency in Sápmi and shaped as public art work commissioned by Oulu Art Museum. Along with daily weathering exercises I will also keep maintaining various activities around Mustarinda association, work as advisor for HIAP’s residency program Empowering Tools and keep working in the Evolution in Action team, a group of scientists and artists, developing and running workshops about evolutionary processes under the Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä.