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​24 NOVEMBER 2017 - 2 APRIL 2018 

What happened to the angels, whom science gave a natural death?

From where do the pearls come that we wear for jewellery?

Where do the plastic diamonds go once we’re done playing with them?

What would the birds in the city look like if they carried heavy metals in their plumage and not just in their blood vessels?

Who is the invasive species?

Welcome to Mari Keto’s magical world, where nature and fantasy meet the naked consequences of our throwaway culture.​

Mari Keto was born in Finland in 1975 and now lives and works in Copenhagen. She uses her goldsmith’s craft to create art installations and combines classic goldsmithing techniques with laser cutting, 3D printing and electrochemical processes. Mari Keto graduated from the Institute of Precious Metals, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology in 2008 and also trained as an art blacksmith at Pirkanmaa Vocational Institute in Finland.

Nature as crafted by Mari Keto is both seductive and disturbing; it grows out of her own childhood experiences in Finnish nature and her observations of the prevailing view of nature in the city where she lives today.

In her works, Keto reminds us of all the things that are easy to forget or overlook in our hectic lives, which are overflowing with things: Where did the magic go? Where does our food come from? And where does all the stuff go when we’re done with it?

Mari Keto’s multi-layered works combine sharp realism with humour and a romantic yearning for nature.

​Mari Keto ABOUT HER artistic universe:

”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.


On a cold winter’s night in March 1808, while French and Spanish troops under the command of Marshal Bernadotte were quartered at the castle, overheating of the old furnaces and stoves resulted in a fire that razed the castle to the ground in a matter of hours. It would take more than 180 years before the entire castle was roofed again, as the old royal wing, the south wing, remained a picturesque ruin, at the mercy of nature and the elements, until Inge and Johannes Exner’s landmark restoration, which began during the 1970s and was completed in 1989.​

​In the Ruin Hall we see the consequences of the fire that razed the castle in 1808, and it is still possible to find traces of nature’s subsequent reign, which lasted almost two centuries, as birch trees, grasses and ferns took over the ruins.

Mari Keto’s installations hand the place back to the natural – and supernatural – powers.

​We would like to thank: Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond – Gustav Packalèns Mindefond – Danish Arts Foundation – Taike

​Fotos: Iben Kaufmann



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