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Children of Compost: physical and conceptual humus shaped into a fanzine

Sara Blosseville’s project is about retracing the material history of her female elders through sculpture. It explores the idea of our shared kind as a fertile humus, including the other species and the materiality surrounding us in generational heritage, which make us and the future world, as much as other humans. Blosseville is one of the artists-in-residence of Research Pavilion #5.

An installation of black and white photographs
Sara Blosseville, 2022. Detail of mixed-media installation Taivaannaula (The Nail of the Sky).

Artistic research project

During the 2 weeks residency at Saaren Kartano, I will create a publication, using the multifunction printer, bringing together the fruits of a year of sculptural research : « Children of Compost », an artistic research and production project funded by Kone Foundation for 2022-2023.

The research content was collected throughout the year in old farms (dried local plants, crafted objects, old tools, books on handicraft technique for local materials) and online (AI generated images, forum screenshots, memes, blogs).

My research revolves around themes that are of interest for people from different backgrounds: compost, nature-culture relationships, sustainable tools and resources, material and conceptual heritage, recycling. Deploying my research physically in a space, spending time arranging it and bringing together different physical and conceptual levels of it can be a good catalyst for group discussions and starting point to explore different paths together. Such body of research also represents a floating mass of information that will take a specific shape during the time of the residency. This publication will be a site-specific, collective work in the sense that the shared thoughts with other residents and the given printer will determinate its final form.

Artist-researcher profile

Sara Blosseville (b. 1994) is a visual artist from Normandy, France, living and working in the woods of Vantaa, Finland. They work mainly with images, sculptures and publishing, with interests on generational heritage and cross-species body perceptions. Their work has been presented in many group exhibitions and book fairs in Finland and internationally, from Paris to Mexico, as well as off-site exhibitions online. In November 2022, they will present their first solo exhibition in Estonia at Ventspace gallery in central Talinn. They hold a Master’s Degree from the sculpture department of University of the Arts Helsinki (2021). Their artistic work is granted by KONE Foundation for 2022-2023.

Sara Blosseville‘s Research Pavilion residence will take place in Saari Residence from 16 May to 28 May 2023.

Artistic Research

Artistic research is one of Uniarts Helsinki’s specialities. In this blog you can read about latest activities in the field from our community and guest writers. The blog is currently updated by Uniarts Helsinki’s Research Pavilion, the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke and the Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR).

What is artistic research?

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