I was inspired to create this piece by a visit to Meroogal, a house in Nowra on NSW’s south coast, now part of Sydney Living Museums. The house was built in the 1800’s and lived in by four generations of women. It has been preserved exactly as it was with in their time. It reminded me of my grandmother’s house in Finland, equally untouched for decades, carrying the history and memory of generations. The piano in Meroogal House was a strong connecting link to my childhood, where piano playing dominated and set the mood in the living room. The atmosphere of Meroogal is one that is female and Christian; it could speak of a kind of independence and freedom or imprisonment and frustration. I chose a stop motion technique for this work because as a medium it is simple, raw and non-pretentious, and resonates with the storytelling side of what I want to share.
Piano 2016 was chosen for the Meroogal House biennial show for female artists in 2016.