KAIJA POIJULA: instantaneous poetical resonances

Kaija Poijula’s is one of those artists whose work causes an instantaneous poetical collision. When I bumped into her “Fortuna” one year ago – and later into “Sleeping beauties” at the Helsinki design museum, I really got fascinated by her virtuoso use of airy and frail dandelions trapped in an elaborate glass and polished wooden structure. … Continue reading

KATI IMMONEN in wonderland: there is war, there are demonstrations

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young woman called Kati Immonen*. She was an incredibly talented artist who, after experiencing different forms of graphical expression, fell in love with watercolours to which she decided to devote all her skills and imagination. Witty and sparkling, Kati did not want to paint the traditional landscapes … Continue reading

MELEK MAZICI: ”identi-tides” or the subtle rhythm of identities

I am meeting with Melek Mazici[i] at the Kiasma café to the occasion of ”Tidelines” [ii], an exhibition consisting of a unique joint installation she elaborated with Raija Malka (graphical work), Kaija Saariaho (music) and Amin Maalouf (texts) on the theme of identities. At times when a fierce identity debate rages in many European countries, … Continue reading

ELENA SCHUVALOFF-MAIJALA: the Finnish nature as an icon dedicated to our inner self

If artistry is a process requiring the ability to dig into own life experiences and relentlessly train in own art techniques to reach a deeper level of personal expression, then Elena Schuvaloff-Maijala champions at illustrating this marvelous ability through her genuine, nearly childish, pleasure of painting combined with the discipline of an artisan working on … Continue reading

Joanne Grüne-Yanoff: an artist’s walk in our hearts

Joanne Grüne-Yanoff’s most recent installations, presented within her exhibition called ”You Walk In My Heart And The beat Goes On” at Gallery Kalhama&Piippo (Helsinki) is a meditation that riffs on previous works of hers. The work continues her conceptual and materials-based explorations, and using those her art has made us familiar with – moss, honey, … Continue reading

Starting whispers

I can say it straight away: I am a French-speaker. Writing this blog in English is thus quite a challenge. Are there alternatives? Not in my opinion: English has become the lingua franca of international communication an I feel that sharing my passion for arts should know no boundaries. If any limit is to be … Continue reading

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