Metal, glass, plaster walls, glazed ceramic tiles, steam machine
The sauna was my final thesis. An installation of an active steam sauna decorated with 500 painted
tiles (four walls, oor and a bench all covered with handmade painted tiles). The paintings were done
in a variety of techniques such as spraying, spilling and dropping. Some of the images have been
made with the usage of stencils that were laser cuts. And some were done as expressive abstract
paintings. The work attempted to create clean disconnected and intimate space in the heart of the
plaster workshop which is the most lthy space at the academy.
The sauna is an alienated space that supplied an intensely physical experience – a heterotopia, that
was characterized by its temperature and humidity, dierent from its surrounding environment, and
involves rituals of undressing and purication.
Entering a sauna is entering an isolated and enclosed space, putting on hold the daily routine and
disconnecting from it.
The painting technique protects the paintings from moisture, but also produces unconventional and
uncontrolled objects –those are paintings you may touch.