In memory of loving Grandma who continued her journey one year ago. Thinking of her and feeling so lucky & grateful that she was my Grand Mother (Mummi in Finnish).
My artwork, Prayer of Childhood is very personal to me as it illustrates my early experiences from my childhood when my mummi taught me gratitude and forgiveness in a form of prayer. Over the time, the prayer got a shape of a path in my mind. In this path every family member, relative, friends or even a pet had its own place. When I prayed I followed the path and made sure that all above mentioned were included. Now, the prayer travels through the path and finally it gets released and the energy continues spreading around us. Below you may view a video on the artwork. It illustrates the path of Prayer and hopefully gives a deeper insight of the artwork. Please have a look and enjoy!
Little bit more about background of the artwork. Prayers of childhood is an outcome of a quite long journey of research on depicting invisible phenomenon, where music has been a big inspirational source and tool in my practice. The piece is part of a little series called the Mind’s Patterns. I started my journey to find ways of illustrating music, where I have now moved on to depict everyday events. That is to say, I am transforming some patterns I have created over the time in my mind; For instance, how I see a week, it has a certain kind of shape. You may view more of works from the Mind’s Patterns series here. Also, the original artworks are for sale on my shop
Spring is the time when nature wakes up. Sunlight becomes stronger and days are getting longer and warmer. It is a big change for all of us. It is not only time for new beginning but can also be a threat. With my work I am expressing my concern towards fragile nature by composing a Polar Bear laying on ice while strong sun rays are melting his living territories. Evaporating organic shapes of water gives its last shimmer in bright colors. Partially violent outlines of the bear in black and orange create contrast and illustrates distressed state of nature, last moments of Polar Bear.
This animation is the very first, of which I have ever created. It’s already 3 years old but I never publish it, I guess I felt too shy. It is based on my similar painting, which you can view here. My attention was to make the artwork alive, show a little glimpse of Polar Bears last moments. The theme of this artwork is quite sad but unfortunately that is the reality of Polar bears at the moment. You can read more about them here.
I’m sure you all have heard of Captain Tom Moore, who raised money for NHS’ battle against Covid19 by walking in his garden. His aim to raise £1000 is already turned £ 32million, which is absolutely amazing and unbelievable! As he turned to 100 years 30th April, I would like to congratulate him, Happy Birthday Man of Steel!
My inspiration to draw this piece of art derived from, when I first saw a picture of Captain Moore sitting on his motorbike and he poses with trophies in civilian clothing. I noticed his clothes were creased, and a fancy tie gave me an impression of a gentleman with brave and persistence character, which is why I named the work as Man of Steel. This art represents his gentleman soul and achievements he gained with his favourite hobby.
The first thoughts of making the below piece were to cherish the beauty of nature; point out the beautiful colors and shapes and note that eventually we all are part of it, as unfortunately we tend to forget it. Later, working on the painting further, I noticed that the method I draw lines became equally important theme in the work. This was my first time I was working on with a fiber-tip pen on a heavy structured surface. That is, it was almost impossible to draw straight lines when using black pen. Instead of forcing the lines, this learning made me emphasise the beauty of structured surface and follow the material when forming lines; I wanted that lines can float freely. I found, it also supported the actual theme (cherish beauty of nature) as lines made the painting more lively and nature-like when I couldn’t completely control the outcome.
Work in Progress:
Watercolor, gesso and pen on 300g paper, size 68×98 cm