In spring 2005, a multidisciplinary research team from Helsinki University and MTT Agrifood Research Finland conducted a field study in the Eveno-Bytantay district of the Sakha Republic in the Russian Federation. The goal was to investigate possible socio-economic risks connected to the preservation of endangered Yakutian cattle in three remote, Siberian villages. Yakutian cattle has survived only in these three villages as a population of 1000 heads. I joined this team.
I worked with the research team, interviewing people and drawing, painting and photographing the cattle. Working among the cattle made it possible to get to know the cattle from up close, to understand their characters and temperaments. The main part of the artistic work was done later in Helsinki.
The outcome was an art project Yakutian Cattle – Exploring Expedition to Siberia in the 2000’s.
Yakutian Cattle – 9 Portraits, 2007, oil, 55-65 x 40 cm
Siberian Sky, 2007, oil, 170x270cm