Earth Dialogue

Maarit Mäkelä 


Cover Photo: Soil and stone samples from Long Bay New Zealand. Photo: Maarit Mäkelä

The colours and materials of the ceramic Earth Dialogue paintings come from the soil of New Zealand. Ceramic artist Maarit Mäkelä collected rocks, clay and sand from the island of Waiheke which she later moulded into the materials for her works: Both the clay slabs that function as the base of the works and the clay sludge used as paint were made with these earth-derived materials. The piece featured in the exhibition was created by drawing and painting on wet slabs of clay which were engraved with a stick; several fine layers of different types of sludge were extended over the slabs. In addition to the completed clay painting, the exhibition features material specimens from New Zealand.

Maarit Mäkelä gathering soil from Anzarac Bay New Zealand for her ceramic practice. Photo: Pertti Mäkelä
Earth Dialogue: Portrait of a Woman. Artwork by Maarit Mäkelä. Photo: Samuel Hartnett