Natur og fantasi mødes i Mari Ketos soloudstilling. Hun inviterer os ind i et magisk landskab, hvor skønhed lokker øjet, men ved nærmere observation kommer de ubehagelige sandheder til syne. Mari Keto indpakker det groteske i vores brug og smid væk-kultur i et forførende eventyrland.
Mari Keto fortæller selv om sit kunstneriske og personlige univers:
”I have grown up in the middle of the forest and in lack of human playmates, so I had lots of goblins and fairies to play with on the waterfront and meadows. I explored large areas of untouched nature by myself and disappeared on weekends to the forest with only a knife, a pack of matches and a sleeping bag. I could name dozens of birds from their voice and knew all the plants by name. I knew exactly from where to catch biggest fish and what berries and mushrooms to pick. I considered that as a normal standard.
When I moved to the town to study, I got attracted by city lights and life style. Now I can name all the biggest clothing brands just with one look and different coffee chains products from their smell. Useful skills too, in these surroundings…
I do still feel my connection to the nature. Some of my friends call me weird but I think it is just my Finnishnes. I do not hunt or fish anymore. There is no need for that, but I collect roadkill animals and feathers, register invasive plants and new insects. I try to see how nature is present in the town and on the other hand, how a human is present in the “wild” nature in these days.
Nature is changing, mainly because of human actions. Human is also changing and so is our nature connection. You need only take one look at my exhibition and it’s obvious.