“I come from the countryside in the middle of the forest. I lived my early childhood without any built playgrounds or the company and opinions of other children. It was a great environment to develop creatively but as a teenager, this lifestyle that secluded me from the rest of the world began to harass me. I felt art would be a great way to escape and to experience new things.
I ended up moving away from home at the age of 16 to study art.
Now, 16 years later, I am living in Helsinki, painting and working with film. But I do miss the countryside often.
I have been painting and drawing all my life. I went to an art school when I was 10 years old. There I got my first touch of art and learned different ways of expressing myself. I think my first piece of art must have been a self-portrait clay sculpture from that time. The sculpture was pretty and I was very proud of myself but then another little girl in the group stole it and claimed it as her own. The teacher was on her side and she was allowed to keep it. I haven’t done any clay figures ever since.
The process of creating is like a circle. First, there is a long emptiness and then comes the increasing desire to paint and I start to think of colors. At that point I usually have already done some research and collected inspiring things around me. I also read a lot. Painting itself is a like a mixture of intense moments and floating. The best time to paint is the moment before everything is finished. Then I start again from the beginning. My style is to be in constant motion.[/column]
I try continually move forward and learn new things, search new things. Every painting leads to a next one.
It doesn’t necessarily matter what people see when they look at my paintings. I hope that my work would make them feel like the world is somehow present. Often people think that I automatically agree with everything I portray through my work. They find it difficult to separate “the work” from “the artist”.
I find all visual things around me inspiring. I spend a lot of time on the internet searching through different kinds of social medias. I read magazines and books, I go to art exhibitions, travel and spend time in the nature. But the main inspiration is painting itself, colors and the feel of the material. I have a demanding need to turn everything I see into paintings.
If I had to pick one favourite of my paintings, I would choose a painting called “Sound of insects”. The name comes from a movie I saw on television; The sound of insects : Record of a Mummy.
It is based on Shimada Masahiko’s novel. It is a true story of a man who chose to end his life by starving himself to death in the forest.
I was very upset for weeks after seeing the movie and decided to paint a portrait of the mummified man by using Lady Gaga’s fashion photo as a model. The painting reveals a bit of my way of thinking, how I like to combine different kinds of things together in order to create something new. “