Statement

In my artistic research I am focusing on the relation between human and Nature, art and sustainability, natural phenomena and their aesthetic and anthropological impact.
In my early paintings I have been exploring the concept of “organic” not only as a natural model of forms and patterns found in living systems, but also as a metaphor for life. Organic shapes, structures and textures, but also the organized chaos of fractal patterns, the natural law of order and the tendency to disorder in entropy. Natural processes like decomposition and germination or metamorphosis and mutation in micro- and macro scales. In my recent personal exhibitions (“Listen To Trees”, Nelimarkka Museum, Finland, 2015 and “MetaForest: Forest’s Metaphors for Life, Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland, 2015) I have been working on the “Forest” as an aesthetic and as a sustainability concept.
Paper is made of wood, so certain dead trees become paper which forwards becomes a support for registered knowledge of all kind: from news and advertising to art and literature. So I have chosen to recycle used paper from my daily ground in material structure for my paintings, some kind of a secondary metamorphosis of the paper (the tree). My choice of recycling paper to paint a forest is a sustainability choice: not to destroy the real and living forest for painting the metaphorical one. It could be seen also like a further “reincarnation” of the forest turning back the cycle in an alternative way; the real tree becomes paper which becomes a newspaper which becomes again a tree – an image of a tree, unfortunately it is not a physical but only a metaphorical rebirth. I have chosen to recycle advertising and newspapers as providers of materialistic and commercial knowledge and transform them into a work of art as an invocation to transform the material into spiritual and the trivial into original.
The Deforestation is one of the greatest environmental problems of our contemporary society and no doubt one of the main causes for the global climate change. Although our consumerist society has always seen the forest as a materials provider of wood or prolific soil for intensive farming, the trees like all the green plants are basically oxygen providers and therefore essential for the Life on the planet. The tree trunk cut in the collective unconscious has always symbolized decapitation and death. The green sprouts of seeds on the contrary stand always for regeneration and aliveness.