"My body of work spans a broad range of techniques, but with the commonality of an emphasis on the things that intuitively touch us. I’m interested in exploring themes such as place and identity, symbolism and color, as well as the intersection between in-depth research and fleeting emotional moments."
What themes do you work with and what interests you in your artistic practise? My background in architecture can be noted through juxtapositions, spatial references, and the sense of color in my work. In addition to using color as a traditional two-dimensional aesthetic medium, I explore it in its sensorial, cross-modal and emotional qualities. By focusing on the intuitive experience of color, the created art usually finishes with subconscious and unprompted traits.
With my practice I seek to understand myself, my background, my emotions and inner atmospheres, as well as my relation to the outer world.
With my art I want to encourage the viewer to discussion and reflection, but above all create moments that require presence.
What is your working process like?
My artistic process is a balancing act between the intellectual and the spontaneous. I usually start with picking a theme that resonates with me at the current moment.
My latest exhibitions have been studies of place and identity through the sensorial lens of scent. Others have been based on deep dives into themes such color symbolism and aesthetic theory.
Lately I've been sensing a shift in my artistic practice. Painting as a process is becoming more important than in-depth research or the visual outcome. I’m working towards a bodily practice, where my senses and moments of intuition guide me.
For me, creating is about commitment and acceptance. Practically speaking this means setting boundaries in everyday life, so that there is room for creativity. To create is the ultimate lesson of learning to “be” in uncertainty and the ability to commit even when facing inner fear or outer distractions.
The Intractable Truth, acrylics and ink on paper, 70x50cm with frame
An Enigma, Maybe, acrylics and ink on paper, 55x45cm with frame
What do you like about the home exhibition concept?
How we experience art is essentially context related. Therefore I value the sense of intimacy home exhibitions give – a feeling that is hard to replicate in conventional galleries or museums.
Art is energy transmuted, which in my perspective is easier to experience in approachable, welcoming and calm spaces. I feel that the Marcy home gallery offers a space which inherently has these qualities.
Do you have any specific milestones or artists who have influenced your way of doing and seeing things in life and in your artistry?
I feel it’s hard to separate happenings or people that would have influenced me the most. I generally aim to stay open to life and other people’s inner truths. For me, authenticity always touches and transforms in one way or another. However, I'm taking my chance to nostalgize and have come up with two important periods that I can see have had a clear impact on my artistic journey:
During my studies in Paris, I started to alter my image of what it is to create. Before I had seen architecture and art quite separately but studying architecture- and art theory opened my mind to the possibilities of creating interdisciplinary. During that time Sonya Delauney became very important to me, both in the way her artistic philosophy resonated with me, as well as in setting an example of how one can fluently move between fields and medias. This time was an important step into my artistic practice as I was getting to know my inner creative voice, as well as playing with the idea of becoming an artist, for the first time in my life.
The second turning point was the beginning of the pandemic. The global situation forced me to rethink my creative practice. During that time, I started to seek comfort in creating and linking a sense of spirituality to my process. Rothko´s studies of the sublime and Hilma af Klint’s interpretations of both the inner landscape and spiritual realm inspired me. Visually speaking my art started to take a more graphical approach, but simultaneously traits of spontaneous actions and human “errors” started to show in my paintings.
What other projects / exhibitions are you working on?
I´m working on an exhibition together with artist Svetlana Bogacheva, which will be part of Vaasa City Museum´s fall exhibition program. The exhibition is based on our conversations we had during the pandemic – a time when we both had contradictory feelings towards the present and the future.
The exhibition will consist of Bogacheva´s sculptures, my paintings and collectively created installations and digital pieces. We are also collaborating with Jan Lehmus, who will be in charge of creating the soundscape for the exhibition.
Common themes will be questions regarding change, the creative process, as well as our human relationship to crises.
Later, in the fall of 2022 I will exhibit with Ossi Seppälä at Vaasa Art Center. The exhibition will be an exploration of personal myths and remembrance through space, time and atmosphere.
A Vernal Dispatch, acrylics and ink on paper, 55x45cm with frame
Once In a Red Moon, acrylics and ink on paper, 56x46cm with frame