The theme for the XXIV Mänttä Art Festival is The Human Era. With more than 50 artists, the exhibition discusses what happens, when humans control the land and natural resources.
Matti Aikio is a Sámi media artist from Vuotso, Lapland. He is also involved in his family's traditional reindeer herding trade. In his art, he uses video, photography, film and sound, often combining them into spatial installations. Aikio's works discuss nomadism as a lifestyle, a philosophy and a culture. His topics include environmental issues in the Sámi region and the future of reindeer herding in the midst of conflicting land-use interests. His art is an interesting mix of poetry and political statements, with centuries-long traditions meeting modern technology.
Stina Aletta Aikio
Stina Aletta Aikio is a young visual artist. Her art focuses on the relationship between the local environment and the global-scale disasters threatening our nature. These threats include global warming, pollution and consumer culture. Aikio is interested in nature's internal communication, such as through the speech of plants. In her artworks, this is reflected on humans' activities in nature, such as mining. In her installations, Aikio has reworked refuse found in nature into objects resembling the jewellery in traditional Sámi dresses, thus giving them new life as parts of an artwork and the forest. Her art often also incorporates sound; it can be static noise recorded at the fells, such as the humming of electrical posts.
Jasmin Anoschkin is a sculptor and a painter, whose colourful artworks draw inspiration from pop culture, folk art and toys. Her main materials are wood and ceramics. At first glance, the expressive animal figures she sculpts from them are appealing and humorous, but upon closer inspection, they also speak of the world situation, diversity and feelings of being different. Indeed, many of the sculptures bear stories based on the experiences of the artist and her friends.
Ann-Sofie Claesson paints realistic, almost monochrome portraits. Their premise is usually her grandfather's family album with its photos of mostly already departed persons. Claesson is interested in people and the memories and remembrances they have left behind. For her, painting is a time-consuming process, as if allowing her to get closer to the person in the portrait. Claesson's paintings often hold some kind of darkness, a dark existential undertone that is hard to put into words; the paintings are about someone's absence, their passing. This naturally raises questions on what is left of oneself; who will remember me, when I have passed on?
Maria Duncker works diversely with sculpture, photography, video, performance and artistic interventions. She is an ever-curious experimenter, who utilizes materials innovatively and informally. The scale of Duncker's works extends from massive stone sculptures to lightweight folk costumes made from plastic bags. Her artistic interventions straightforwardly take on the cityscape and social situations: one example being a camera obscura tourist ride in a van, carried out together with her colleague, Vera Nevanlinna.
Anna Estarriola is a media artist, whose art combines video art, sculpture, dance, performance and technology. Her works are often interactive installations, displaying technical skill combined with affectiveness and intimacy. Often the artworks include life-sized doll-like human figures with the artist's own face projected onto them. There is something magical about these installations. They may speak of loneliness, death or the finite nature of life. Estarriola creates art about the universal issues of humanity that we all seek answers to.
Teuri Haarla is one of the pioneers of Finnish environmental art. His extensive oeuvre encompasses performances, video and community art, sculpture, drawing diaries, writing and site-specific art, the best-known example of which probably being Moulderness Park, a piece of land art created in 1993 at Ateneum Park. His more recent work includes a 17-metre tower. He has also developed his own spontaneous form of meditation called Biodrunk. According to Haarla, everybody's life is their own private research facility of happiness and sorrow.
Katriina Haikala is a visual artist, whose art is marked by fearlessness and the readiness to question set paradigms. She speaks up for free thinking, unchained by dogmas and traditions, and wants to use her art to reveal society's covert power structures. Haikala is especially interested in the challenges women face because of their gender. In her performative drawing workshop, Social Portrait, she puts women in the focus of portraiture. Her goal is to draw a total of 1,000 portraits of women by the end of 2020. Until now, powerful men have traditionally been the subjects of portraits. Haikala sees the role of the artist as an inspiration and encouragement to others. All this calls for a passionate relationship with creating art. Imagination and experimentation serve as sources for creativity.
Sanna Haimila is a visual artist whose main techniques are painting and drawing. She works intuitively: even if she doesn't exactly have the process mapped out at the start, she trusts her gut feeling and lets her work guide the way. For her, drawing and painting are sources for ideas. Haimila's themes stem from her own experiences, including topics like motherhood, relationships and grief. Recently, Haimila has been focusing on expressively painted female portraits. Haimila's skilful idiom and strong atmosphere makes her artworks fresh and original.
Heli Hiltunen & Jorma Puranen
For the Mänttä Art Festival, Heli Hiltunen and Jorma Puranen are creating an installation together. In their solo works, both have used many techniques including photography and video. Heli has become known as a painter and visual artist, while Jorma has forged a long career in photography. Both have reflected on memory and recollection in their art, using various archives and collections as source materials for their work. Both have also created art from landscapes. Their art is connected by poetry and beauty.
Roope Itälinna is a young painter from Turku. His photorealistic paintings fascinatingly play on the boundaries between reality and imagination. The artworks' meticulous details are counterbalanced with broader and more carefree strokes. Itälinna is interested in psychology, and his works often reflect upon different mindscapes. The mood in the pictures is intense, the persons living that one heartbeat of youth, yet often with their faces turned away from the viewer. The paintings exude the hope of youth, while tinged with an underlying melancholy about the finite nature of life.
Renata Jakowleff is one of the most prominent young glass artists in Finland. She is an open-minded experimenter with a versatile approach to sculpting glass. For example, the fuzzy-like surface of her glass "fur rugs" deceive the viewer, making a hard object seem incredibly soft. Jakowleff is a magician creating miniature worlds that are vibrantly beautiful while possessing sharp and dark undertones. Her pieces are captivating and intriguing in their multidimensionality.
Timo Jokela has forged a long career in environmental and community art. The North is highly visible in his site-specific art. He is interested in art's relationship to a location, Northern peoples and residents. Jokela is consciously seeking to detach himself from the tradition of Western landscape art, which he sees as even colonizing over the North. In his work, he aims to bring forward the rich cultural, social and political interconnections of the North. His snow and ice installations as well as environmental and community artworks are connected with the ecosocial cultures of their locations in the Finnish Lapland and wider Arctic regions.
J.A. Juvani's artworks are carnivalistic and provocative installations skilfully employing different techniques. Video art is an essential part of his work. The aim of Juvani's installations is to have conflicting elements collide with each other. He plays with gender roles and identities, bravely putting himself in the frame without fear of being ridiculed. Still, his works also hold sensitivity and touching intimacy. Crossing boundaries and iconoclasm are important for him. Juvani states that the core of his art lies in drag and queer aesthetics, feminism, death, desire, love and, above all, comedy.
Minna Kangasmaa is an Oulu-based sculptor, who often sets out to create art from natural elements. Through the versatile use of materials, Kangasmaa reinterprets and rebuilds nature; sometimes with playful imitation, sometimes creating new, more conceptual wholes. The building materials of this reworked 'nature' may include stone, clay, plastic, porcelain, moving image, steel, concrete or copper. The carefully designed appearance of Kangasmaa's artworks speaks of the effect of humans and mankind on nature and the ecosystems.
Sakari Kannosto is a sculptor with a brave approach to his topics. His large-scale artworks make an interesting use of recycled material and ready-made objects. His art reflects on consuming, the state of the environment and humans' connection to nature, but he doesn't shy away from more mundane topics such as family and relationships. Kannosto creates art from PVC, ceramics, bronze, fibreglass and found materials. His ceramic animal figures have made a particular impact on people. His most recent fish figures are strikingly fierce. They comment on mutations and the state of our natural waters.
Aimo Katajamäki is a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer. His most characteristic techniques are woodworking, ceramics and gravure printing. His sculptures are delightful in their black humour. Their imagery borrows influences from pop culture, the animal kingdom and the gates of death; even the grimacing skulls seem human and frail. There is something moving about his sculpted figures: they seem to silently speak about the importance of the present moment and the finite nature of life.
Kaija Kiuru is a sculptor from Lapland with a long career. The state of the environment and the connection between human and location have served as her long-standing main themes. In her sculpture installations, Kaija innovatively combines natural materials, everyday objects and nature references, creating new meanings and sometimes even strange connotations. She comments on people's power over nature while also searching for similarities between the two. Her artworks successfully play on the boundaries of the obvious and the unexplained. Trees with their diverse components are essential elements in her work.
Sunna Kitti is a young Sámi comics artist, illustrator and graphic designer. In 2018, she held an exhibition at the Sámi festival Márkomeannu in Norway, portraying the Sámi region a hundred years from now with the worst-case scenario having come true. In this dystopia, everything started with global warming, causing financial difficulties and creating instability in society. However, Kitti does not want to lose hope, but encourages us to seek the best possible future. At the moment, Kitti is working on a Sámi graphic novel due to be released in 2020.
Kaisu Koivisto is a versatile artist working with sculpture installations, photography, drawing and video. The core of her work lies at the interface of nature and culture. With her animal sculptures, Koivisto inspires us to think about how we look at animals. The materials for these endearing but also a bit frightening animal figures include galvanised steel, leather, fur, bones and glass eyes. The innocent gaze of Bambi isn't quite what it looks like: does it represent humans' inability to understand and respect natural processes? Koivisto acutely observes humans' impact on the Northern environment: how nature is turned into commodities and raw materials. She is inspired by fairy tales, stories and science fiction. In recent years, Koivisto has travelled the Baltic states, photographing the now abandoned Soviet military bases. Derelict buildings are crumbling, nature reclaiming its territory.
Arto Korhonen is recognized for his large-scale watercolours, where he portrays in detail his everyday life, his friends, cityscapes and nocturnal highways. In his most recent works, he has taken on the theme of nature. Strong contrasts and powerful colours create a fairytale-like atmosphere in his forest motifs. Among the trees, what seem to be eyes are peering at us, nature observing us at all times. Even if the human species was to vanish off the Earth, nature will continue its existence, holding the seeds to new growth.
Tuomas Korkalo uses various techniques in his art, from drawing and painting to installations and methods of social and environmental art. For him, learning and interaction are important parts of the working process. His artworks are very controlled. They reflect on topics like the properties of colour and light within a space. In his environmental art projects, Korkalo often starts from natural materials, continuing with recycled materials if necessary. Korkalo's artworks speak to the viewer with their playfulness and minimalism, while still containing a deeper life-contemplating quality.
Nuutti Koskinen is a media artist, whose works transcend the boundaries of video installation, sculpture and animation. Often, they play on spatial and theatrical elements. Koskinen is interested in the conceptual structuring of communities, identities and nature as well as their ideological dimension. In his works, emotion and logic is often counterbalanced with the conscious and subconscious. Koskinen raises questions about how our relationship to society and the environment is formed guided by language and images, and how mythologies and power structures are conveyed through sensory and corporal experiences.
In her art, Sari Koski-Vähälä utilizes materials that we often think of as trash or surplus: chewed gums, hair, peels from squeezed fruit, old foam mattresses, used tights etc. Her work is marked by collecting, coincidence and sense of wonder. The recycled materials often yield new, sometimes humorous sculptures and compositions. Insignificant becomes significant.
Jouni Laiti is a master of Duodji, the Sámi handicraft. Duodji is more than just handicraft. The aesthetics and methods of contemporary Sámi art are partly based on the Duodji tradition. The skill of Sámi crafts bears influence on the Sámi people's sense of community, and these methods have been passed from one generation to the next. Knowledge of natural materials is key. In his most recent wood, bone and horn pieces, Laiti ventures into a more conceptual direction, letting some of his works take part in social dialogue. These pieces comment on the state of the world surrounding the Sámi people, and also the effects of the world situation on the Sámi region. Laiti aims to arouse emotions with his works; for him, this is a sign of their success.
Sauli Miettunen is a sculptor, painter and environmental artist. He derives the shapes and materials of his sculptures from nature. In his environmental artworks, he is focused on the interaction of the sculptures with space and nature, as well as their cultural environment. Miettunen's art contains references to nature, such as animal vertebrae and trees, but on the other hand, the sculptures also display the impact of humans on nature. Nature cannot escape people. Miettunen's sculptures are surprising, inventive and skilfully crafted, a joy to the senses.
Juhana Moisander's art is based on history, memory, mental imagery and fantasies. He uses photography and video to create site-specific installations that carefully consider the architecture of their location. He combines video projection, sound and objects into mysterious wholes: in the corner, a human figure may creep up on the viewer. A seemingly mundane situation of the projection may even feel a bit scary; there is often an inexplicable presence in the atmosphere. The mood is created from historical references down to the clothing: it is like seeing a ghost. These poetic artworks don't explain too much, but rather trust the viewer's own insight. They leave space for various interpretations.
The Moratorium Office
A moratorium is the delay or temporary suspension of the execution of a law. The moratorium was originally declared in Utsjoki, the Tiirasaari Island of Deatnu (Teno/Tana) river. In the summer of 2017, a group of locals declared the waters surrounding Tiirasaari an area where the Finnish Government's fishing regulations no longer apply. Instead, a code based on Sámi common law was declared. The state's fishing agreement of the Deatnu River had restricted the traditional fishing methods of the local Sámi people and increased the rights of visitors. In the summer of 2018, The Moratorium Office was established in the Internet. It is a decolonialist service helping people with any self-determination issues of their regions. The members of The Moratorium Office are Niillas Holmberg, Jenni Laiti, Petra Laiti and Outi Pieski.
Arttu Nieminen is a Rovaniemi-based director and media artist who uses the Arctic nature as a starting point to his art. At times, nature presents to him as a self-aware entity, and sometimes as a mystical interface between the visible and the invisible. It can seduce the careless viewer into other worlds. Surrealism, intuition and coincidence guide Nieminen's work. The result is magnificent and experimental video art.
Anna Niskanen is a young photographic artist who uses old printmaking methods in her work. The distorted landscape photographs have been printed into unique images on paper and fabric. She has shot her large landscapes in places like Iceland, where she was fascinated with the local folklore about the 'hidden people' (Huldufólk) who live in rock formations. Modern-day Iceland has maintained respect towards nature and supernatural beings. Niskanen visited places known for this tradition, as she wanted to feel the presence of the hidden people. Traces of these beings may be left in Niskanen's stunning artworks.
Mari Oikarinen is a sculptor using a variety of materials, from wood to plants, embroidery and found objects. Her work is characterized by serial form, with stories, memory and passage of time as repeating themes. In addition to sculpting, she is attracted to drawing due to its straightforward and spontaneous nature. Oikarinen is interested in imperfection, strangeness and incompleteness: these themes are also cherished in her own artistic process. In recent years, nature has become an increasingly important theme in her work.
Anu Osva has addressed themes such as interaction between people and animals in the Arctic Region. She emphasizes the partnership of humans and domestic animals; neither has to be relegated to a slave. Osva is trained as a painter, but also holds a university degree in animal breeding. These both sides emerge in her artistic work; she is also a member in the Finnish Bioart Society. Osva often builds complex installations using elements such as video projected over her paintings. Her art may also include references to genetics. At the moment, her focus is on plankton in the Arctic waters.
Paavo Paunu is a bold experimenter transcending the boundaries of painting and sculpture. His large installation-like artworks are abundant and often humorous, not shirking from the stranger sides of life. They spread out on a large scale, creating new dream-like spaces. The slightly off-kilter characters may be leaning in corners, with house-like structures built from reclaimed wood providing shelter. His paintings often feature a small male figure facing a manifold of challenges presented by nature. Emotions and the subconscious are present in Paunu's art.
Emma Peura is a graphic and visual artist, who in her installations uses a wide variety of tools and techniques. She smoothly combines drawing, video and bricolage. Her art has commented on environmental issues such as the Lokka Reservoir in Lapland. Upon construction, the reservoir flooded not only the houses of Peura's relatives, but also most of Posoaapa, the largest string bog in Europe. Peura has studied the region's history from old maps and stories from his relatives. From these, she drew a new map, her interpretation. It portrays a place that no longer exists – except in memories.
Outi Pieski's art is based on her roots in Utsjoki and the Sámi culture. Her art combines various contemporary art techniques and the traditional Sámi craft of duodji, an art in itself. For example, in Pieski's Falling Shawls, the tied fringes of Sámi dress shawls form a spatial installation. It may be seen symbolically as a gathering of people in Sámi dresses, or a safe haven, or it may be interpreted as an abstract landscape. Pieski works diversely with techniques like painting, drawing, video and photography. Her art is technically refined, poetic and beautiful, while demonstrating strength and power. Pieski has actively commented on topics such as the decolonization of Sámi culture and environmental issues in the Sámi region.
Tamara Piilola's large, fabulous landscapes emit their own inner light. The water glints in the sunlight, the shadows merge into the darkness of the forest. Water elements are an essential part of her paintings. The artworks are not direct emulations of reality, but rather take the viewer somewhere beyond naturalism, to mindscapes. At the same time, the beauty of the paintings exudes comfort and mercy. Perhaps they are about longing for a lost paradise, a world where all was still well.
In his photography, Harri Pälviranta depicts identities, history, masculinity, violence and the memory of society. His works are often political, commenting on hot topics such as school shootings. He often utilizes historical archives. For example, in his project Military Dispatch, he uses as reference the 1941 book Vapautemme hinta (The Prize of Our Freedom) containing the photos and basic data of each Finnish soldier killed in the Winter War. Pälviranta's photographic art utilizes the documentary while delving into a more universal level, raising fundamental questions about the relationship between individual and society as well as covert structural violence.
In her art, Selja Raudas knowingly blurs the boundaries between rational and meditative thinking. Her most recent series of paintings studies global warming and the relationship between natural resources and conflicts through arctic ice and landscapes. The project included a residency in Greenland. According to Raudas, it is essential for us to understand that the melting of glaciers serves as an indicator to wider social changes, reaching ecosystems, economies and societies. Besides facts, people also form their views on the environment through emotions. Raudas wants her art to stir emotions and subsequently awareness of the consequences of the glacial melt.
Mammu & Pasi Rauhala
The works of the artist couple Mammu and Pasi Rauhala depict the home and relationship. Their life-long art project is called Bears All Things, which they have been working on since 2013. The project includes documenting their everyday lives and renovating an old house in their wedding attire. Even though wedding clothes symbolize a traditional ritual, they are allowed to breathe and get dirty, the marks of time are allowed to show. The project is documented in various ways, including various photography series. They finely manifest the project's absurd, silent comedy with references to Kaurismäki and Twin Peaks. There are even associations with the paintings of the Golden Age of Finnish Art, such as Eero Järnefelt's motifs depicting everyday people.
Pasi Rauhala works with media and multidisciplinary art. His works make use of interactivity and the latest media art techniques, but also recycled materials and nostalgic paraphernalia. His themes include the relationship between truth and falsehood in the ever-increasing information flow. Truth seems to have been muddled beneath the apparent equivalence of facts and opinions. Artificial intelligence and virtual worlds challenge our perceptions of reality. These, ultimately philosophic issues are what Rauhala studies in his artworks.
Johanna Rojola is a renowned comics artist and all-rounder as well as a visual artist. She likes the speed of the comics medium; it enables the artist to react quickly on hot topics. Comics also have built-in anarchism: basically anyone can start drawing a comic strip with just a pen and paper without investing in expensive tools and materials. During her career, Rojola has created political and societal comics without sacrificing her humorous and witty touch. Her current interests include freehand drawing.
Johanna Rotko approaches art and photography via microbiology. She photographs people's faces and, using UV lights, exposes the images onto microbiological petri dish substrates. She grows yeast in the petri dishes, making the exposed photographs ever-changing, moving images: yeastograms. The philosophical questions raised by Rotko's art concern humans' connection to nature, evanescence, cycles of matter and the concept of time in a photograph. The yeastograms highlight the transitory nature of our existence and the cycle of matter in the universe.
Elina Ruohonen is a painter, whose vivid and unapologetic artworks are oil on transparent plexiglass base. The reflective plexiglass adds layers to the paintings, bringing the viewer in as part of the painting. In her recent works, Ruohonen has studied the human-animal relationship, mutations of living beings and a possible future where flora and fauna have taken over from humans, leaving people having to adjust to this strange new society. With these artworks, Ruohonen wants to focus on how the life of many beings would improve, if people started to deliberately correct their remaining actions with other species in mind.
Panu Rytkönen is a skilled sculptor, who works on his time-consuming wooden sculptures for many years. The artworks often touch upon the mystery of death and loss. Their animal motifs, such as horses, are also interlaced with the omens of death. Rytkönen often incorporates historical documents, such as old books, into his exhibitions. These texts add to the thematic context of the sculptures, starting with maybe a theological speculation on how to get to Heaven. Rytkönen's artworks do not explain, but silently speak their own language, mesmerizing the viewer with their understated irony and beauty.
Alexander Salvesen is a visual artist and lighting designer who also works in performance art and music. Salvesen gets his inspiration from nature and its beauty; the forms of the landscape, the hues, lights and shadows. Light is one of his painting techniques. The intangible nature of light holds an endless fascination to Salvesen - he just can't touch it. In his art, Salvesen plays with the subjectivity of the viewer's perception and senses: he may combine light art with traditional pigment painting. He poses the viewers a question: What they are actually looking at and what do they only think they are seeing? What's more, Salvesen doesn't shy away from political or socioeconomic issues in his art.
Iiu Susiraja's art is moored in the tradition of the photographic portrait but approaches this tradition from a wholly original viewpoint. Her photographs are rife with humour, courage, shamelessness, absurdity and incredible inventiveness. Susiraja's portraits challenge the polished selfie culture that only show the subject's surface and nothing more. Her performative videos continue with this theme. In clear daylight, in a very expressionless manner, Susiraja brings to us secret desires, those embarrassing things that subdue our courage. Using her own body, Susiraja insightfully portrays womanhood and the demands and clichés attached to it.
Nestori Syrjälä works with sculpture, installations and video. The themes of his art are the Anthropocene, ecological crises and alternative futures. In recent years, his works have addressed the threat of human impact to nature. The earth, air and seas around us are becoming alien, strange. People are altering the geological state of Earth. Syrjälä wants to rethink forms of sculpture and art as the state of emergency of our environment escalates. He asks, if the position of humans among other living and non-living beings could be remapped. Could it be possible to shift towards a more environmental-friendly, non-anthropocentric philosophy?
Artist Collective KUNST
The Artist Collective KUNST are Christina Holmlund, Pia Paldanius, Sirpa Päivinen, Anu Suhonen and Julia Weckman. The collective has become known for multidisciplinary and performative exhibitions and events. Video and sound installations, photography and performances form the backbone to their art. The collective's work is marked by humour and unexpectedness, making the artworks playful and participatory.
Berit Talpsepp-Jaanisoo is a sculptor whose recent works are classical figurative sculptures modelled after historically significant artworks. Talpsepp-Jaanisoo has been interested in fantasies aroused by inanimate objects, which the lifeless sculpture can't reciprocate in any other way than by its presence. The sculpture is still able to trigger emotions and reactions in the viewers. According to Talpsepp-Jaanisoo, the complete indifference and inaccessibility of the sculpture subvert the normal dynamics: the sculpture i.e. the object starts to control the situation. In these artworks, Talpsepp-Jaanisoo combines photography with sculpture, enabling her to study new meanings of classical sculptures, as they take on the characteristics of photographs. The photographic features humanize the sculptures, yet still preserving their inaccessibility.
Jaakko Tornberg works with sculpture, painting, drawing and photography. In recent years, he has worked extensively with miniature sculptures, which he makes from debris and waste materials. Something new is created from castoffs. The figures made this way are humorous and endearing, but also somehow tragic. Each figure is its own personality: one seems a bit lost, another blustering with a sense of power, the third raising its hand in a happy hello. They display the gamut of life, from the average Joes to robots and cherubs.
In her minimalistic sculptures, Aiko Tsukahara studies the future of humankind and space. She seems to raise the question if humans will eventually have to evacuate into artificial worlds, clinical chambers in the infinite space. On the other hand, these same bunker-like structures are already being used in military architecture. Boundaries are blurred; humans are absent from Tsukahara's miniature worlds. Is this a post-human era or maybe another civilization? Tsukahara's materials include ceramic powder, quartz and wood.
Samppa Törmälehto is a gifted painter, whose artworks are eventful in the vein of slapstick humour. Rockets shooting through the sky, monster trucks barrelling, computer gimmicks, wrestling with an octopus etc. Strange mishaps of everyday life follow each other in a popular culture setting. Everything takes place in splashy bright colours, fuelled by an expressive painting technique. The subjects are portrayed with tender humour, as not everything goes as planned and some harder obstacles might be come across along the way. Törmälehto feels his working process should be fun, which shows in the pictures and also cheers up the viewer.
Jussi TwoSeven is a visual artist with a background in graffiti and street art. He painted his first graffiti as a teenager in mid-90s and has been actively pursuing this artform ever since. In his elegant, photorealistic artworks, he uses stencil technique and acrylic spray paint. Environmental themes are close to his heart, and he has brought them to life in his public artworks featuring animals. It is his way of bringing nature, forest and wild animals into cityscapes.
Hanna Vihriälä is a versatile sculptor who plays with scale in many of her works: The artwork is comprised of smaller individual parts which, when viewed from a distance, form a larger image with a whole new meaning. These single parts may be pieces of candy or macadam, which give up their identity for the larger image. Vihriälä wants to play with shapes and thus study concepts such as the boundary separating a painting from a relief. Shadows and reflections hold important roles in her art. Many of her artworks demand a great deal of handicraft and repetition, in spite of their apparent levity. Vihriälä has indeed noted that this manifests the presence of the human in her works.
Camilla Vuorenmaa works with painting, graphics and drawing. She paints human figures, trying to capture the moment when they are alone, separate, or joining a group. Vuorenmaa avoids hyperbole; she is interested in the stirrings of the inner world of the model. She collects ideas for her paintings from magazines, books, popular culture and her own photo archive. The stories relating to the details in the images are important to her. In recent years, woodcuts have been an essential part of her painting process. Her artworks are wild, even scary, but also meditative and ambiguous.