Ulvi Haagensen’s installation “Scrub”
We need never worry that we will run out of things and places to clean because dirt is in unending supply. Cleaning is an on-going process.
The installation “Scrub” in the courtyard of the Adamson-Eric Museum looks at the everyday tasks associated with the home and cleaning.
The courtyard is transformed into a place of everyday domesticity, presenting tasks that are often hidden from sight. Lines of washing, strung across the courtyard, create a connection with Karl Alexander von Winkler’s painting “View of Naples” in the Laundry Day exhibition in the main hall of the museum. The ordinary and the mundane also contain elementary traces of the beautiful and the exotic, which are part of being human. The artist has also included cleaning equipment on shelves and hanging on hooks, ready to be used: there is always something to clean.
Ulvi Haagensen was born in 1964 in Sydney, Australia. She obtained her art education at various universities in Sydney and has participated in exhibitions since 1991. She has lived in Estonia since 2000 and teaches at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where she is also a doctoral candidate.
Ulvi Haagensen’s work depicts and interprets everyday motifs and domestic activities. She focuses on the aesthetics of the everyday and particularly what happens when we clean. How do we clean? What are the movements we make as we wash or scrub? How does it feel? What does cleaning sound like?