The move from Vienna to Kuopio was both as shocking and surprising to myself, as it was to my colleagues. By the end of my days in Austria, I was set to start a new chapter of my life - married and fresh in a totally new culture and land. An intense long distance romance spurned a quick marriage proposal which led to a just as intense wedding.
Having spent most of my life totally independent and ever active on many artistic fronts, the immediate shift to making a home with my new husband was like walking into the unknown. The ever present pressure of having to produce and promote myself eased off for the first time in decades. Knowing I could never, nor would ever be able to stop my creative energies from taking shape, I let the new space and opportunities for them here manifest themselves as they would.
Settling in led to an invitation this past summer to join with a couple artists here to rent out a studio space in the old Art Academy of Kuopio, now home to studios belonging to local artists, known as Mylly. With a concentration on illustration and silkscreening, we utilized this space over the past 5 months. As the Mylly is set to be demolished at the end of December, we have moved the equipment out in the past week. Luckily enough, I am privy to work in a second studio which is dedicated to ceramics. I set up a separate entity to present these works of ours under the guise of SinisArts. Working in clay has been a wonderful experience in the past months, made even more fun by being able to speak German there as it is the only language the owner and I share in common!
The past couple of months have been very busy for me on all fronts, which I foresaw eventually happening as I found my way in this new environment. My first invitation to perform in Finland live as Hecate brought about a new experimental industrial improv set which was debuted in Helsinki this last October. Having taken a break from live performances for a couple years, it was great to be back on stage again. Sometimes it is necessary to take a step back from your work and get a new perspective and inspiration before it becomes a predictable routine. Following the gig in Helsinki, I was also booked in Tampere to DJ at a underground Techno party this month. It was really invigorating to mix again, also having had a long break from something I used to do almost every weekend for some years. I found that through getting back to playing my sounds out loud again that I have not lost the motivation nor energy for presenting the signature dark sounds I am known for. Upon moving to Vienna in 2012, I made a point to pull back from live gigs and mixing as I was burnt out on the constant travels and public exposure, focusing instead on my Art and Writing was a welcome change during those days. Now, some years later, I have found a positive way to approach and be able to integrate all aspects of my work as there exists no reason for a forced dualistic approach.
With this rather retrospective view to my life´s output and having found time for reflection here in Finland, I also faced a twenty year anniversary of the incarnation of my first record label, Zhark, this year. A fantastic article featuring interviews from myself and label colleagues was published on leading Techno journal Resident Advisor recently. Setting up this new website has also served as portal for reflection, yet at the same time wetting my tongue for new projects and productions. With the lack of social pressure and not having to always be in the public eye, I have been able to really take some time for introspection as I have also been able to sharpen up my skills with new forms of art, namely printing and ceramics. Having found a comfortable infrastructure along with new friends and colleagues here, my path towards exciting new projects seems clear.
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