Antrei Hartikainen's SISIN, represents a hand-carved homage to the mysterious world of mushrooms, with the name stemming from the Finnish word for "quiddity."
In the heart of Finnish forests, where the whispers of trees and mushrooms intertwine, a remarkable series of sculptural vessels have emerged, inspired by the fascinating world of fungi. These striking pieces embody the exceptional beauty and necessity of mushrooms, marrying art and nature in a captivating homage.
The unique shapes and varied textures of the SISIN vessels reflect the ever-changing landscape sculpted by people, climate, and nature itself. Delving deeper into the mystical realm of fungi, the designs attempt to capture the hidden wonders that lie beneath the surface, beyond the reach of human senses.
In the forest, a complex network of communication takes place, undetected by the human eye. Trees and mushrooms engage in chemical dialogues through a shared mycorrhiza, while mushrooms exchange information using electrical impulses. Plants communicate with each other through an intricate underground network of mycelia, ensuring the survival and thriving of their ecosystem.
Each SISIN vessel, ranging from 60cm to 120cm in height, is meticulously handcrafted from linden wood, a material known for its workability and fine grain. Finished with oil-wax or stained and lacquered treatments, these sculptures not only celebrate the form and function of mushrooms but also showcase the impeccable artistry of their creator.
Antrei Hartikainen's SISIN collection is a testament to the incredible, unseen world of mushrooms and the essential role they play in the delicate balance of life on Earth. These enchanting sculptural vessels serve as a reminder that beneath the forest floor, a hidden universe thrives, weaving its magic and sustaining the natural world around us.