The vast grandeur of sublimity is impossible to fully absorb, comprehend or articulate; leaving so much more for further reflection.    At the core of sublimity is a binary: one which, overwhelms the senses: real/imagined; terror/ecstasy; pleasure/pain; or attraction/repulsion. The Finnish have a name for this polarizing duality called “kaiho,” a hopeless melancholic/nostalgic longing produces profound feelings of happiness and sadness simultaneously. The contradictions within sublimity and kaiho are the foundation of Ylevä where memory and history are constructed through technological limitations.  As with memory over time, technology fails, leaving us without the full picture but longing for mere fragments, vignettes of connection, experience and feeling. This is a compilation of short cuts from the series of six videos.

Looking For Adam Gibson: 'Going to the Sauna of Lonely Hearts (Haukijärvi, Finland)'

This video is a video response to a video made by a winter 2012 Arteles Creative Center Resident Adam Gibson entitled Going to the Sauna of Lonely Hearts (Haukijärvi, Finland).  Like Adam Gibson in his video, I travel to the Sauna of Lonely Hearts.  Though my journey to the sauna takes a different path during a different season, I too am left both lonely and alone.


This is one side of an abandoned conversation. The name of the piece references an event/experience in the sauna where water is pulled from a bucket with a long handled spoon and thrown onto the hot rocks. The resulting steam and heat is both oppressive and at the same time comforting, like an unexpected flood of raw emotion.

Thinking of You

 ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️😚        

a caged bird

A caged bird has nothing but the will to escape. In desperation, she beats her wings and flings herself against the bars; the cage's latch can only be opened from outside, and the bird's owner holds the key. Even if the bird escapes it may perish, having no knowledge of the world. Perhaps a passer-by will see that cage, and the bird within struggling to escape, and will bend the bars apart so that the bird can squeeze through.

 © 2018 by Susan E. Evans

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