Sari Palosaari is a Helsinki-based visual artist, born in Kemi, North of Finland.
She makes speculative sculptural installations where the dense presence of the `now´, within the work unfolds to layered pasts and futures. Objects and materials are given autonomous agency and the forces that perform often become evident only after extensive period of time. Through uncertainty and impermanence, Palosaari deconstructs stabilizing significations and instead emphasizes temporality, transience and the becoming. The scales discussed and materialized in the works vary from the human to cultural and from the particle to planetary.
Palosaari often uses ordinary objects and things to implement minimal gestures with and to highlight the subject/object’s own properties, features, affections and relations. The works can include durational material processes generated by chemicals or sensor technics, i.a she injects soundless cracking agent, so called snail dynamite, into a rock that triggers it to slowly crack under the pressure. Palosaari builds her works with sensitive site-specificity which includes thorough reading of the institutional, social, cultural and aesthetic context.