Skate Hard, Crash Hard #improudofit #pacman #permanentnervedamage
Coloured pencil on 100% cotton paper
59 x 70 cm
Riikka Hyvönen, born in 1982, is a Finnish artist, based in London and known for her Roller Derby sculptural painting series. "This project began from a realisation: I wanted to capture the momentary marks, the bruises, from within the subculture of derby players. That’s where my investigation of the psychology of bruises started, in an effort to portray them in a completely different light to mainstream culture. For me, roller derby is really all about the community. If a derby player gets hit in the game, she wants to show her bruised bum for her team members (and then reach some well-deserved admiration on the internet). These bruises are called derby kisses. They are little love bites and badges of honour." Hyvönen describes. These days, derby girls from around the world send photos of their bruises to her. Hyvönen captures these athletes’ injuries in giant 3D artworks which are somewhere between sculptures and paintings. Through making artworks of large scale, with a remarkable amount of sparkle, glitter and colour, she objectifies the girls completely, but in the same way as they objectify themselves. With the kitsch, tacky, thoroughly questionable elegance, her aim is to capture the unapologetic representation of beauty that roller derby is all about. The artworks are simultaneously confusing and magnetic — as they show how everyone’s skin reacts to a hit differently. She hopes people can see the unexpected beauty of bruises.