Two new paintings. Experimenting a little bit.
Two new paintings – titled Introversion I and II. Both are oil paintings combined with beeswax, which is used to cover and obscure parts.
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.
I will be showing some of my private paintings and the joint paintings with Tero Ulvila in a group show of four artists at Galleria2, Pirkkala, Finland.
We have been studio neighbors for the past few years, but we are now giving up our joint space. This is where the idea of the exhibition comes from: to capture where we all are with our art now and to show the spirit of our studio, before we go our separate ways.
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).
GROSSES TREFFEN is a portfolio review event for Nordic artists, and they also host a database of select artists who have applied to be a part of this project. I didn’t unfortunately get to present my portfolio at the event this year, but I was included in the database, along with many other interesting artists. Go take a look!
Getting ready for the exhibition! The opening will be on the 5th of March, with the exhibition staying open at gallery Uusikuva, Kotka, until the 28th. I am very excited for this show, and a big part of that is my freedom to work on this project – I received a 6 month working grant from Arts Promotion Centre Finland!
Hopefully the gallery will have enough light to take proper pictures of all of the paintings we have done. I feel like particularly the pieces that I have done on my own for this exhibition absolutely refuse to photo in a decent manner!