about the artist
I´m a visual artist. I come from the Central Ostrobothnia region, where agricultural industry coexists with folk art. Fiddles and fox farming, horse races and folk healing characterize my home town Kaustinen. Nature and animals have always had a strong presence in my life. My interest in human behavior and our relation to environment and other living beings is one of the main things that inform my body of work.
I want to visualize my feelings and thoughts, express rather than illustrate them. I want to move.
I make images, I paint rocks, I stand on a tree stump in a cut forest, I build a bird´s nest big enough to fit in. Are human beings able to sustain what´s left? How is it possible to live in something and yet preserve it? I want to make questions clear to myself. I want to act rather than philosophize.
In recent years I´ve focused on my personal history and emotions evoked by nature. I work on building sceneries that come out of my emotional, bodily memory. Performative and meditative working process is as important to me as the final art piece. They are visualized memories as well as emotional replicas.
Photography is important media to me, and I also use collected natural material as well as recycled and found things.
photo: Krista Järvelä
2013 - 2016 MA in photography, Aalto University
2004 - 2008 BA in photography, University of Art and Design, Helsinki
2000 - 2003 Bachelor of Sociocultural Work, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences
2021 On Disappearance, together with Patricia Rodas and Essi Orpana, Kulttuuritalo Laikku, Tampere
2020 Lohtu, Poriginal Galleria, Pori
2019 On Disappearance, together with Mia Damberg, Patricia Rodas and Essi Orpana, Latvia Museum of Photography
2017 Äänesi on kuin tuuli, together with Essi Orpana, Pohjanmaan Valokuvakeskus, Lapua
2017 Luonnontilassa, together with Maria Leppänen, Folk Arts Centre, Kaustinen
2016 Olemassaolon yrityksiä, together with Maria Leppänen, Karvia Willin kansan viikko, Karvia
2016 PLAYGROUND, together with Jaana Lahti-Luopa, Galleria 2, Pirkkala
2016 8 pientä tarinaa, together with Maria Leppänen, Kaustinen Folk Music Festival
2015 PLAYGROUND, together with Jaana Lahti-Luopa, Tupakkamakasiini, Pietarsaari
2019 Oxygenum, Suomen Pohjoismainen Taideliitto, Vetelin Taidekartano
2018 SILENCE, Seinäjoki Art Hall
2017 Taide liikuttaa, Pohjanmaan valokuvakeskus ja Taike Pohjanmaa
2016 Luonnos, Galleria Väliaika, Kokkola
2016 Levottomia unia, Wiurilan kesä, Salo
2016 PAKO, Vetelin Taidekartano