• Art of Inspiration

    • The Finnish artist Kustaa Saski presents an exhibition comprising 12 striking textiles inspired by the psychic phenomenon of half waking up, from a dream.

    The psychedelic and hallucinating textiles by Kustaa Saksi / 

    In the first instants when we wake up, there is a period in which we feel we are no longer sleeping, but without actually having woken up. In those instants we find ourselves in a singular “anaesthetic” state, where, according to the Amsterdam based, Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi corresponds to a space in time where oneiric hallucinations converge, along with physical and conscious sensations. This was precisely the phenomenon that inspired him to create the series Hypnopomic, which consists of 12 textiles that embody complex and varied forms, combining fluorescent colours with surrealist figures.

    In his previous artistic stage, Saski had designed odd graphics with flashy colours, featuring cartoonish characters immersed in apparently melting surroundings. But on this occasion —his most recent exhibition— the Finnish artist shows us an ethno-psychedelic side, taking us back to a somewhat insane aesthetic, revealing apparent fluorescent panthers, black and white trees with snakes creeping over them, or figures that resemble beetles. Other pieces support misty clouds and outlandish steams.

    The textiles where made using automatic weaving looms, which enabled the highest precision possible, allowing as well for the most complex patterns to be made. As if alluding to conceptually reclaiming the millenary practice of weaving and textile making, the artist turns to this art’s historical technique, as an original proposal.

    In order to make Hypnopomi, Saski turned to experts in the fields of sleep cycles and our mind’s hallucinatory ability when in this state. His work transports the minds and its possibilities, even while dispensing with stimulants or hallucinogens. His pieces also embody an opportunity to recognise and enjoy a multicultural influence that our subconscious can currently possess, since its creation contains aesthetic narratives that could easily have been conceived by Hindu, Aztec or Mayan cosmogony, or perhaps, by the psychedelia of the Sixties.

    Throughout history, patterns in images and their materialisation have represented the most spiritual and mystical cultural expressions surrounding our understanding and conceptualisation of the world. The designs in these images represent an open invitation to dimension the mental possibilities and the illustrative world that, on their own, they are able to create. 

    Tagged: textiles, inspiration, Kustaa Saksi, multidisciplinary art, sacred art