Elixir: Pipilotti Rist

I went to see Pipilotti Rist’s art exhibit, Elixir, when it was installed at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland. It was stunning and unlike anything else I’ve ever seen.

From the moment you walk in, when you’re asked to take your shoes off, you are immersed in the exhibit. There are carpets for you to sit on and watch the video projected on the walls, and long snake-like cushions to rest your head on while you lie back to watch the images projected on the ceiling. Bottles hang from branches that are suspended from the ceiling, and their shadows overlap and merge with the video. Each section of the exhibit is different, but they’re all connected and it feels very natural to wander from one part to the other. It is timeless and relaxing, while stimulating and thought provoking at the the same time. I don’t have the words to explain how it feels to be in the installation – which does’t make for a good blog post. The artist says, “Elixir can be medication for the mind… a hospital for the mind and the spirit.” That is probably the best description.

If you want to hear Pipilotti Rist speaking Elixir, and see a few images of the exhibit, you can click here to watch a short video.

Elixir: Pipilotti Rist

Elixir: Pipilotti Rist

tlun 2014-09 elixirpipilottirist 04I love bokeh prints and vellum, and this was the perfect layout to use them both on. It can be hard to create any air, ethereal feel with papers, and using photos that have so much dark and shadow in them didn’t make it any easier. I decided to use as many translucent elements as I could, and to mat the photos on black cardstock so that it didn’t look as though I was completely ignoring such a obvious part of the photos. I cut the elongated gold diamonds from some office file folders that happened to be the colours I was working with.


  • Webster’s Pages, Strawberry Fields, Field of Gold
  • Crate Paper, Flea Market, bokeh vellum
  • Studio Calico, plastic die cut arrows
  • sequins
  • Ranger, Glossy Accents
  • Basic Grey, Spice Market, letter stickers
  • Fancy Pants, Burlap & Bouquets, Sticker Fundamentals
  • Scotch, washi
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice Stone
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Wink Of Stella, Clear



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