Exhibition in Suonenjoki

My exhibition Etiäinen reflects the beliefs and customs related to visiting traditions in Northern Savonia, mixing these with the pandemic experience. The dreamlike works are created from mouth-blown glass in Riihimäki, Suomenlinna and Nuutajärvi. Etiäinen, which premieres in the Kellarikalleria art gallery in Suonenjoki, is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Join the Virtual 360 exhibition by Rautalampilehti from here.

Cell-series. Join the virtual exhibition by clicking the image above. Pic by: Markku Leskinen, Rautalampilehti
Orinnoro series. Pic: Tuire Punkki, Savon Sanomat. Click the image above to read the entire article from the Savon Sanomat newspaper.

The exhibition also highlights the cooperation in the field of Finnish studio made glass. I have worked with Kari Alakoski and Marja Hepo-aho from Riihimäki for years now. They specialize in the creation of massive sculptural glass. For example the voluminous Cell and Orinnoro series are blown by these master glass blowers. The Miekkavesi sculpture also has a special mixture of two very different mediums: fish skin and blown glass. Designer and cobbler Tytti Porvari from Mikkeli has made a fish skin belt for the glass sculpture. There are also multiple layered graal sculptures blown by me in Lasistudio Hytti ry, in Suomenlinna island. The exhibition venue, Kellarikalleria also has a special role in my journey as an artist. It is the very firs place I have seen art as a child.

The Mayor of the town of Suonenjoki, Juha Piiroinen opened the exhibition in Kellarikalleria gallery. Pic by Olli Kokander.
Tytti Porvari finishing the Miekkavesi sculpture that combines blown glass and fish skin belt. Pic by Jari Ikonen
See a video from the exhibition by YLE by clicking the image above. Pic: Marianne Mattila, YLE

I have collected material for the exhibition through newspaper ads as well as local social media, asking what sort of customs people have in their family. For example, coffee drinking has a rich tradition. It is very precise which cup is offered to the guest or how when after the invitation it is appropriate to go to the coffee table. Also, if the spoon, a knife or a fork falls to the floor it can predict weddings, male or female guests.

In some families, Grandma knew to make coffee before the guests arrived because she had Etiäinen. The footsteps walked inside and sat in the living room for coffee. The quest soon walked in. Etiäinen, the name of the exhibition means an impression of a person, that walks before us, doing everything we are about to do before us. It’s in a way a living shadow of a person.

One important story in the exhibition is by a 17 years old woman that was planning a small wedding party with her sister during the first months of the Pandemic. She wondered if soap bubbles can spread the virus; How something innocent and beautiful can become frightening. This theme is mirrored in the Cell-sculptures of the exhibition.

Kahvi-sculpture mirrors the coffee drinking traditions, etiäinen-omens and pandemic experience as a dream like scene. Pic: Tuire Punkki, Savon Sanomat. Read the article from the link

The exhibition is open in Kellarikalleria, Suonenjoki 2 – 24.6.2021. After this it will continue to Gumbostrand Konst&Form in Sipoo and Art Museum Eemil in Lapinlahti.

Bukowskis auction

The Helsinki Today auction opens today at Bukowskis Finland! The auction is the only one of its kind in Finland and presents the very best of Nordic contemporary art and design. It’s possible to bid also online until 19 March! I’m so happy to be part of this wonderful contemporary art exhibition with a collection of glass pieces from past years!

Here are some pieces from the auction that are especially dear to me. By clicking the images you can also visit the auction pages.

 

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Aino is made with 100 years old graal technique where the images are drowned inside the glass. This piece has special value for me, because there are for example our families coat of arms hidden in it. There are also many details that can only be seen from right angle. Thick glass gives interesting optical properties to glass. Aino has been exhibited in Toronto, London and Ohio.

 

 

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This light sculpture “Kaamos” is one of my favourite works from past years. It’s inspired by winter and how light is reflected from the snow. The unique piece is a combination of free formed glass and painted wood.

 

 

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When the birds fly low is a mixture of heavy bubbles and hazy painting. I wanted the piece to have a mysterious feeling and a lot of movement. The technique is called pulegoso, bubbly glass.

 

 

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Harpy is one of my favourite themes in glass. It is a creature that is half woman and half bird. Harpy is one of my first graal pieces that are a part of a narrative that continues from one sculpture to another.

 

 

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This vase is a part of the Jungle collection prototypes. I wanted the color to mimic the movement of a vawe.

 

 

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In this piece I wanted to capture the moment when the storm is rising. How the air is heavy and wind starts to get intense.

 

 

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Rain is part of a narrative about a flying boat. It shows a moment when a woman is trying to capture the rain.

 

 

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In this sculpture a woman is sleeping and her breth becomes visible.