Maria Kiialainen

Maria Kiialainen (1989) is a Finnish jewellery artist, currently living in Helsinki. She is a graduate from the jewellery department of the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle, Germany. Her graduation work was awarded the first prize in the Saale Sparkasse art competition. Kiialainen has participated in several international exhibitions and been a finalist in competitions such as Talente and BKV Prize for Young Applied Arts.

Kiialainen’s works combine various materials, often in experimental ways; hammer-forged metal creates volumes and shapes; two-dimensional sheet metal is folded into a three- dimensional puzzle, taking its final shape through enamelling.

‘Between the visible and the invisible’ jewellery series presents a range of fungal characters. The objects are wearable sculptures; they live on the body in symbiosis with the wearer.

The_intoxicant_of_the_reindeerAmanita_muscaria

The intoxicant of the reindeer (Amanita muscaria)

Date of Creation: May 30, 2020

List of Materials: copper, enamel, silk

Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 21(200)cm

Photographer's Name: Jonna Rutanen

Model's Name: Daniela Trabould

Conceptual Statement: So often we see just little part of the all, so much is hidden and remains invisible. What we see as a mushroom is just a tip of iceberg,the actual fungus, the mycelium, spreads underground to a huge network. When invisible rhizomes become visible, the question arises how comprehensive is the invisible network?‘Between the visible and the invisible’ jewelry series presents a range of fungal characters. Those wearable mushroom objects embrace their wearer with their mycelium, creating relationship, linking to its habitat, one becomes one with nature.

The_healing_parasite_Inonotus_obliquus

The healing parasite (Inonotus obliquus)

Date of Creation: 15/06/2020

List of Materials: copper, enamel, magnet, bone glue, nishiki thread, chaga powder

Dimensions: 15 x 20 x 8 cm

Photographer's Name: Jonna Rutanen

Model's Name: Yumiko Matsunaga

Conceptual Statement: So often we see just little part of the all, so much is hidden and remains invisible. What we see as a mushroom is just a tip of iceberg,the actual fungus, the mycelium, spreads underground to a huge network. When invisible rhizomes become visible, the question arises how comprehensive is the invisible network?‘Between the visible and the invisible’ jewelry series presents a range of fungal characters. Those wearable mushroom objects embrace their wearer with their mycelium, creating relationship, linking to its habitat, one becomes one with nature.

The_tinder_sponge_from_otziFommes_fomentarius

The tinder sponge from Ötzi (Fommes fomentarius)

Date of Creation: 02/07/2020

List of Materials: Copper, enamel, magnets, rabbit glue, scale sponge powder, oak skin, nishiki thread

Dimensions: 10 x 11 x 8 cm

Photographer's Name: Jonna Rutanen

Model's Name: Anne Pruy

Conceptual Statement: So often we see just little part of the all, so much is hidden and remains invisible. What we see as a mushroom is just a tip of iceberg,the actual fungus, the mycelium, spreads underground to a huge network. When invisible rhizomes become visible, the question arises how comprehensive is the invisible network?‘Between the visible and the invisible’ jewelry series presents a range of fungal characters. Those wearable mushroom objects embrace their wearer with their mycelium, creating relationship, linking to its habitat, one becomes one with nature.

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