In a framed double portrait, spouses slowly turn into one another – and back. The change is gradual, almost imperceptible at first glance. The couple, mutely staring past one another, is a laconic comment on marital bliss. The work alludes to the ancient ‘truth’ that, over time, spouses gradually begin to resemble each other. Apart from the humorous level, the slowly changing picture also investigates issues of gender and companionship – most of the time the picture actually shows two hybrids – as well as the passage of time and mortality.
Vappu Rossi is a visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Her work finds form in a variety of media: paintings, animations, installations, light boxes and graphic prints. Rossi’s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals around the world since the late 1990s and her works can be found in many domestic and international collections. The study of change and passage of time, giving visual form for slow process or magical metamorphose, is characteristic for Rossi’s media art. Her videos are minimalist both in their humour and colour, often silent or ascetic of their sound world.