My work is about creating a parallel world that deals with ecological issues, class struggles and the effects of technology. Mythologies, folklore tales and trash aesthetics are taking a more present day form with the help of digital technology. Figures in my paintings are depicting a personification of matter that is being formulated with light.
The citizens of Ambaria have their inner light made visible by the oil painting technique as well as with the digital light.
They demonstrate and idea about Life Force.
Something that changes through our lives and is not visible for the human perception. Still, humans too are bioluminescent and radiate light that is invisible for our senses. By connecting the idea about inner light with the oil painting tradition, as well as with the personality of the figures,
I am trying to make Ambaria look as lifelike as possible.
“The purpose of my work is to show the development of an imaginary world in the form of paintings.”
History of Ambar:
I Flower period:
-Timeline’s focus is on the early days of the pastime paradise.
II Wasteland (The Great Civil War)
-Foundations for the early villages and the rebellion of the tribes.
III Sacred Geometry
-Timeline’s industrial and mathematical revolution takes it’s place.
IV History and Language
-Basic creative concepts and alphabets are unified. Time of Independence.
V Birth of Cities
-Ethereal chosen as the capital of Ambaria. City of Cryol and Marypolia listed as economically fastest growing cities. Chrysler Islands and Kingdom of Nordoc redefine their status as official municipalities of Ambaria.
Currently I have three works that are part of my Cognitive Imagery series. A photograph called THE WORLD IS MY FOUNTAIN and a piece of A4 sized paper called The Room. These works use text as a trigger for creating a separate mental imagery inside the mind of the human being who experiences the work. The purpose is to create an artwork that mainly takes it’s form inside the visual imagination that humans have. In The WORLD IS MY FOUNTAIN the classical Fountain of Duchamp has been removed, and the idea of a globe as a watery and beautiful fountain emerges. It is a common symbol seen in Climate change demonstrations.
The Room is a text that creates a mental image and an idea about western civilization living and exhibiting art inside whitely painted minimalistic architecture. The idea is that the white paint is a self~expression of the working class and that museums, galleries, our houses, White House and Soviet Union architecture are reflecting an inner experience that western civilization and the workers have. The current state where walls are being painted with white color represents an economical change in the world. Museums have started already to select different tones for their walls. Thankfully the future will be more colorful and enjoyable.
Lives and works in Helsinki
CURRICULUM VITAE 30.9.2019
2013-2014 Universität der Künste, Berlin
2008-2013 BFA University of the Arts Helsinki
2007-2008 University of Sunderland, UK
2019 0K 2000, Painter’s Union Gallery, Helsinki
2019 Siberia Tech. Drawing Gallery D5, Helsinki
2018 Junkyard, Galleria Katariina, Helsinki
2017 Suburbian Forestry, Galleria G12, Helsinki
2013 Life Stimulation, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts gallery, Helsinki
2013 Paintings, The library of Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
2019 #KeithHaringTate, Tate Liverpool, UK
2014 Our accursed share, d.h.u.a, Berlin
2014 Space: Identity filtering, Universität der Künste, Berlin
2013 Kammer Flimmern, Kammermusiksaal Friedenau, Berlin
2013 Leikkipaikka, New student house, Helsinki
2013 Kuvan kevät- the Degree show of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
2013 Huutokauppa, Sorbus gallery, Helsinki
2013 Kuusi x yksi, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts gallery, Helsinki
2012 Finnish Academy of Fine Arts group exhibition, Fondia gallery, Helsinki
2012 Express 13, Fluid Gallery, Helsinki
2012 Suomalainen aamiainen, The International 3, Manchester, UK
2010 Sanctioned Array, White Box, New York
2008 So what is art anyway?, University of Sunderland, UK
2008 Young drunk and willing, University of Sunderland, UK
2007 There’s a beach beneath the paving stone, MAA-Tila, Helsinki
2012 Berlin, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
Paavo and Päivi Lipponen foundation, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
Hotel Kämp, Helsinki
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2019 Arts promotion centre Finland, 6 months working grant
2018 Paulo Foundation
2018 Finnish Art Society, young artist grant
2015 Finnish Cultural Foundation
Finnish Painters Union