New paintings

Two new paintings. Experimenting a little bit.

oil on board, 2015

oil on board, 2015

oil on board, 2015

oil on board, 2015

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On personality in painting

Two new paintings – titled Introversion I and II. Both are oil paintings combined with beeswax, which is used to cover and obscure parts.

Introversion I, 30x30 cm, oil and beeswax 2015

Introversion I,
30×30 cm,
oil and beeswax
2015

Introversion II, 70x100 cm, oil and beeswax 2015

Introversion II,
70×100 cm,
oil and beeswax
2015

These were inspired by a discussion on showing personality in art. Sometimes people associate rawness in painting manner as being open, and that in turn becomes personal, “honest” art to them. Polish, or even anything not very painterly, quietness and introversion do not always seem to register as any sort of personality.

This has always bothered me. I used to strive for a painterly look, until during my thesis paintings I really got into thinking honestly about my personality. I am quiet, introverted, self-critical even to the point of it being a hindrance – would it not be false for me to paint in a very energetic, confident way? I feel the way I paint is a truthful representation of me. That’s where the rawness in my art lies. For me, excess polish would be to paint “freely”, in a way that is usually called “expressive”. The polish just wouldn’t be on the painting, but on my personality.

The aim is to illustrate that even where the person is fully covered and closed-up, either by fabric or the distortion of the beeswax, there is still more said than hidden.

More new paintings

I also made some personal paintings for the joint exhibition. We felt it important to have a few pieces of our own, to showcase how we usually work, so people can compare them to the pieces we had both painted on. The first one is a bit of a joint effort though, Tero painted the skull on the table. We decided to consider it my painting, because I made all the decisions on it – to contrast with the co-operational nature of the other paintings we worked on together.

Sanna Maria Paananen Mitä halusit (Judith ja Salome) What You Wanted (Judith and Salome) 2015 oil, newspaper, beeswax

Sanna Maria Paananen
Mitä halusit (Judith ja Salome)
What You Wanted (Judith and Salome)
2015
oil, newspaper, beeswax

Sanna Maria Paananen Piiloudu, piiloudu (Hide, hide) 2014 oil, newspaper, beeswax

Sanna Maria Paananen
Piiloudu, piiloudu (Hide, hide)
2014
oil, newspaper, beeswax

Sanna Maria Paananen Muistomerkki (Monument) 2015 oil, newspaper, beeswax

Sanna Maria Paananen
Muistomerkki (Monument)
2015
oil, newspaper, beeswax

A reminder to not use materials you aren't sure of! I used a base prepared by someone else... with the end result being a painting that has to be thrown out because it's peeling off.

A reminder to not use materials you aren’t sure of! I used a base prepared by someone else… with the end result being a painting that has to be thrown out because it’s peeling off.

Co-op paintings

Finally some decent photos!
These have been so much fun to work on – and we have gotten such nice feedback, it’s incredible.

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila Liian pitkään (For Too Long) 2014 oil, tempera

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila
Liian pitkään (For Too Long)
2014
oil, tempera

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila Varjonkantaja I (Shadow Bearer I) 2014 oil, tempera

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila
Varjonkantaja I (Shadow Bearer I)
2014
oil, tempera

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila Piirteet I (Features I) 2015 oil

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila
Piirteet I (Features I)
2015
oil

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila Piirteet II (Features II) 2015 oil

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila
Piirteet II (Features II)
2015
oil

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila Piirteet III (Features III) 2015 oil

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila
Piirteet III (Features III)
2015
oil

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila Pudotettu (Fallen) 2014 oil

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila
Pudotettu (Fallen)
2014
oil

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila Seuraava aamu (The Next Morning) 2014 oil, tempera

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila
Seuraava aamu (The Next Morning)
2014
oil, tempera

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila Varjonkantaja II (Shadow Bearer II) 2015 oil

Sanna Maria Paananen, Tero Ulvila
Varjonkantaja II (Shadow Bearer II)
2015
oil

Exhibition photos, Uusikuva, Kotka

Some photos from our exhibition at Kotka:
ukuva1_pakarinen

ukuva2_pakarinen

ukuva3_pakarinen

ukuva4_pakarinen

ukuva5_pakarinen
(All photos by Ilona Pakarinen)

We’ll be answering questions and talking about the exhibition at the gallery this Saturday (21th of March), so I’ll have more pictures to post next week.

The local newspaper was also kind enough to write a piece and a critique about the exhibition (both only in Finnish).

Kymen Sanomat 6.3.2015

Kymen Sanomat 6.3.2015