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…