Finland, 1982

Interpretation of Ambivalent Miracle Play

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Aalto School of Art, Design and Architecture
Department of Art
Art Education

“I do not want a small life. I want a big one. But if life has to be small, then let there be many of those, those lives.”

So ponders Anna in Anna’s Seven Lives, a story by Kaarina Helakisa. This bildungsroman positions itself in the border between children’s books and fiction for grown-ups, and as a fairytale it is ambivalent, a borderline case throughout. The strange text by Helakisa enticed me to depict Anna’s movements, interpret visually the mysteries of seven lives. The technique I ended up with was the reduction woodcut. My thesis “interpretation of ambivalent miracle play” addresses the dialogue between text and technique during illustration process.

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