American Light, 2022-10-01

Back to the Stenvall ducks! This is one of the very few Stenvall paintings with only an English title (most of them have Finnish titles as well). The image shows a cranky duck holding up a candle against a city with no lights. The sofa is covered with what looks like a combination of the US and Finnish flags – the stars in the US flag have been replaced with a Finnish flag. The painting is from 2003, which means this must be a reference to the Northeast blackout of 2003 – surely anything else would be too much of a coincidence. But I have no idea what – if anything – the artist is trying to say, and I also don’t understand what Finland has to do with the blackout.

American Light by Kaj Stenvall, Tactic, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 1, 2022.

This was the second time I’ve done this puzzle, I did it in 2017, and it was the first Stenvall puzzle I did. It was a few years later when I decided to collect all the puzzles. The puzzle quality is good, although the fit is quite loose, which I know many people dislike, but I don’t mind. No false fits, though!


2 thoughts on “American Light, 2022-10-01

  1. Does Kaj Stenvall have a website? Maybe you could submit a question via contact form?

    I don’t like loose fitting puzzles — I like to be able to lift and move small clusters of joined pieces without complete breakage. However, if everything else is a-okay (like good image reproduction and sturdy pieces with no damage) then I try to look past the loose fit.

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