Sewing Patterns, Wax, Hand Hewn Logs,
96" x 84" x 72"
As a mixed media sculptor and storyteller, I recycle historical and found materials into three-dimensional stories about identity, motherhood and family. In collaboration with my husband Daniel Besonen’s traditional Finnish logwork, our family story unfolds.
We consider our collaborative work to be three-dimensional “chapters” from an epic tale about a modern Finnish-American family. These chapters feature the fragile, yet resilient pear as the mother, child and the womb – and the warm, protective log as the father and shelter.
The most recent chapter, Chapter 6, is dialogue of Mother Pear and Father Log as they build a home. Each chapter explores layers of history and reality in building family and identity today.
Curved Pine Detail
Project 39: Curved Pine Site
39" = 99cm, (Project 39: Details)
After the Snow, (Project 39: Details)
AMBIOTIC, nest under ironing board detail
i am water
Nest 2 Detail
Koti (home) Collage
Fruit and Labor (Detail)
Fruit and Labor (Full View)
Mother Pear Installation in motion (video clip)
Mother Pear 2
Mother Pear 1
I, Mother Pear
Exposing Wrapped Pears