honey, milk and eggs (2021)In When Species Meet (2008) feminist scholar Donna Haraway asks what they touch, when they touch a dog, reminding that the human body consists of only 10% of human genomes and the rest is bacteria, fungi and protists. Similarly, Nivalainen asks what they touch, when they touch an egg? What separates them? Can they merge?
Honey, Milk and Eggs is a photographic body of work. It investigates the body as a soft, fluid and informative material frame on the plate of a scanner. An image becomes a fantasy: a place where anything is possible and even the body can take new forms. The work is aiming to take an empathetic approach suggesting a reciprocal relationship between the spectator and their subject. It aims to get close and in touch, as well as reflects on what it means to exist as a human, an animal and and an organic being.