Press release by Mox Mäkelä
“How high a wreck can sink, how glorious bright it can be, when the sky turns black in your eyes, the back of the sea is full of cuts and the land visible only in bruises.”
“Night Ship” is Mox Mäkelä’s artwork, a sequel to the “Shepherd’s Bank” theme exhibited in the Finnish Maritime Museum in 2009, with a deeply critical, ecological overall theme. It consists of a reflector mosaic built onto the hull of a wooden pleasure craft with three deckhouses. The main material utilised is disused reflective material largely recycled from transport use. The work includes a nonstop soundscape compiled from the artist’s short films on the same theme. The work will be on display in the outdoor area of the Maritime Centre Vellamo (in the city of Kotka. Finland) from the summer of 2014 through to the summer of 2015. The work can be seen in its full splendour when it is lit and the night falls.
The second part of the work is the short film “Night Ship”, viewable online. The film takes a different approach to dealing with the deeper content of the work.
The project is realised in collaboration with the Maritime Museum of Finland.
About Mox Mäkelä
Mox is a multidisciplinary artist and an avant-garde filmmaker, who is based in Finland. Since the late 70s Mox has presented her artworks at exhibitions in Finland and in Europe. She studied art at Turku Art school 1980-1984. Mox works with sound, image and her writings, and makes installations, assemblages and short films. She makes very low budget short films, and offers the results of her work for free on the Internet. Her recent works include “idiot ibidem“, installation collection, text, film-diary, sound-diary and music adaptation, Suomenlinna, Rantakasarmin galleria, Helsinki, Finland, 2003, Human x – human and x, theme adaptation from an archive collection for the Oulu Art Museum, Finland, and the short film projects: meta matka / Children & Shepherd’s bank, published on online in 2010, and Story Ambient, a spoken word video project launched on the web in 2011.