a young artist from Austria and had the good fortune to work in
Finland as an artist in residence at Santun Talo in Keuruu and at
Kolin Ryynänen in September and October. I met several interesting
Finnish artists. What interests me the most in Finnish art is environmental
art. I consider the Finnish approach very unusual because it combines
so many different aspects of nature, artificiality, the relations
of people to the natural environment and so much more.
Finnish environmental art is hardly known in Austria. Therefore
I'd like to put together an exhibit on Finnish environmental art
in Austria. It should include photographs and maybe also other forms
of documentation such as videos or sketches, where applicable. I
am looking for work both from emerging and established artists.
an artist and not a museum curator so I must first put together
a concept and then look for an exhibition space. So far everyone
I have talked to has been enthusiastic about my idea so I am confident
that it will happen but I am not sure yet when and where. (I am
aiming for 2008 but it could also be 2009).
promise yet where and how the exhibit will take place.
Kueruu, Red lake
very much interested in participating in artist networks.
the workshops and exhibitions sound interesting. I would like to
know more about them. I work with photography - my current work
is half way between photography and environmental art - environmental
with other means, so to speak - and if this is interesting to you,
I could teach a workshop within a workshop on how to make good quality
images from your environmental art work suitable for publication
or exhibitions. That way the artists could all save money in the
future by not having to pay for professional photographers.
sending information on my most recent exhibit, which took place
Cantata, Galleria Tyko, Nurmes, January 20 - February 28
show brings together work by artists in residence at the Art and
Culture Center Kolin Ryynnänen in 2006. I was invited by the
Arts Council of Northern Karelia for an artists residency
in October. Preceding this residency, I had the opportunity to work
at Santtu's House in Central Finland, at the invitation of Keuruu
project was supported by the Austrian embassy in Helsinki.
In my current work I focus on the concepts of nature and artificiality.
I document situations found in nature and also create installations
of my own. While mans impact on the environment is huge, an
ephemeral quality nevertheless can be found in man-made materials
final products of my work are photographs; in contrast to more traditional
forms of environmental art, some of my work is completed digitally.
Through the use of technical devices I try to minimize my own impact
on the environment.
to the Land Art movement of the seventies without, however, always
making changes in the actual landscape as artists did then. I see
my work as a response to traditions in landscape painting, photography
and installation. Firstly, it is a reflection on how nature can
be translated through means of visual art. Secondly, it is also
a reflection on what nature and sustainability may be. I want to
show that our established ideas of what the image of an unspoilt
environment may be should be questioned - something that cannot
exist in nature may appear to be beautiful or even natural.