I make object-based works and installations. I often find strange and fascinating shapes and materials in ready-made objects. The world of commodities is full of stories, past and lived. I modify the objects I find, transform them, combine surprising and even worthless objects and in this way create something new.
Reusing a material in a way that deviates from its original purpose presents an opportunity to extend the lifespan of the object. Discarded, unimpressive items and damaged materials become meaningful, and even worthless material can carry a valuable message to the viewer. There is always somebody, a stranger, behind any used object.
I am interested in themes concerning memories, everyday routines, people and cultural history. The shapes, colours and feel of objects create the need to transform them into works of art by combining them. This is the work form that makes me ponder, question and slowly advance in the process, while showing respect towards handiwork, aesthetics and history.
I am fascinated by natural materials as well as the ready-made objects I find. My northern location and the natural materials provided by the environment creep into my artwork. I use different fibres, quilt, bones, antlers, fur and wood. In addition, I work on old school atlases, blister packs, books, coat hangers, children's dungarees, used safety belts, kitchenware. The mundane world surrounding us is full of wonders.
I have participated in exhibitions both in Finland and abroad since 1988. I am a member of the Artists' Association of Lapland and the national Artists' Association MUU.
University Teacher of Exhibition Activity
Elämä II, from the series Seinäesineitä, 2016. Mixed media: tin container, hanging shell basket, children's dungarees. 30 x 13 x 12 cm
Feeling blue, 2014, installation. Mixed media: metal, alpaca, reindeer antler, brass, copper, plastic, children's dungarees, bear thread and a dressing table.
Lupaus 2013, one part of the 13-part artwork in the park of Sippola Church. Mixed media: slings, hot stamping, binding.
Tasapaino - Balance (close-up), 2013. Mixed media: feathers, flax yarn, children's shoetree, acrylic, steel and felt.
Taivaan koti, 2011. Mixed media: doll house, metal leaf, shellac, wood.