Snugglesafe is a collection of works made up of video, sculptures, and installation that reference cats and pet care.
The care shown in the pieces is not just tender or pampering. It is also forceful, painful and full of repetitive routines. Keeping and staying alive requires constant maintenance and appropriate tools.
The cat is tightly swaddled to keep them still for the duration of the feeding. The temperature of the milk is first tested by dripping some on the wrist. Drip, drip, drip. The warmth and smells bring about a motherly presence that can be sensed on the skin and in the air.
The artist has volunteered as a foster home for homeless cats through Kisu ry for several years. Kisu ry is an animal rescue organisation working towards bettering the welfare of cats in Finland.
Exhibition text: Jaakko Uoti
Music & sound design: Minna Koivisto
Assistant: Kolya Kotov
Exhibition documentation photography: Johanna Naukkarinen courtesy of gallery Titanik
Link to Snugglesafe video available upon request: