Iisa Lepistö (b. 1994) is an artist who works with sculptural elements and writing. Her work is based on the origins of sculpting material and their potential futures, and her techniques include sculpture, art research and writing. Her work has focused on stone over the past few years; it’s a material that takes time to work and the nature of which places repetition, listening and body memory at the centre of the practice.
Lepistö received her master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki in 2020. Spending time as an exchange student at the Taipei National University of the Arts and Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille were an important part of her education in terms of sculpting and getting to know various materials. Her texts regarding sculpting have been published among other publications in Nuori Voima, Mustekala and Astra.
Exhibited at Gallery Hippolyte 5.5.-28.5.2023
Veiston pyöreä aika, kaiken lineaarisena näyttäytyvän keskellä
Sculpture installation: granite, marble, concrete, oiled pine, rose salt, plasticine
It is in the feet that all knowledge of Mankind lies hidden; the body sends them a weighty sense of who we really are and how we relate to the earth. It’s in the touch of the earth, at its point of contact with the body that the whole mystery is located (...) The feet – those are our plugs into the socket.
Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (2009) 2020)
Artist’s portrait - Patrik Rastenberger
Artwork images - Veiston pyöreä aika, kaiken lineaarisena näyttäytyvän keskellä, sculpture, 2023