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, 30×30 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.
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
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!
Tero Ulvila and Sanna Maria Paananen: Untitled oil 160x160cm 2014
Tero Ulvila and Sanna Maria Paananen: Untitled oil 160x140cm 2014
Tero Ulvila and Sanna Maria Paananen: The Morning After oil and tempera 190x150cm 2015
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!
Two works in process for the exhibition at Uusikuva in March 2015:
Tero Ulvila&Sanna Maria Paananen “Metamorphosis”, 2014, 190x151cm, oil on canvas
Tero Ulvila&Sanna Maria Paananen Untitled, 2014, 140x160cm, oil and tempera on canvas
The aim for the exhibition is to create an interesting experience for the gallery visitors by combining my style with that of Tero Ulvila’s. We have both graduated from the same institute of higher education for arts, but as painters, we are vastly different.
The paintings for the show will comprise of paintings we have done on our own, intertwined with pieces, like the ones above, that we have worked on jointly. The aim is to have the viewer rethink their views on these two styles of working and viewing art, but also to witness our everyday life – we are a couple, living together, despite our obvious differences in ways of expression. One is colorful and bold in their painting, one adores drawing and the human figure.
I had a lot of fun participating in this event, so thanks to the arrangers of art@bars and of course to the lovely restaurant Wanha Makasiini for hiring me to come and draw there!
Here are two drawings I did on Friday:
Next up, is of course the opening for “Minkä tähden täällä ollaan?” at Uusi Kipinä, but after that me and my “atelier roomies” will be opening our studios for visitors. The event takes place the 20th of September and consists of 45 places to visit in the South Karelia region, all of them listed here.