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Wet proboscis of a butterfly, 2021

110 x 92 cm

oil on recycled plastic (100% ocean plastic waste)

The work has been exhibited as a part of an MFA graduation show, Kuvan Kevät, in 2021.

“The starting point of my MFA Degree Show works has been to think of a creature that arrives on Earth for the first time. Using the creature’s perspective as a starting point, I try to break away from my own. The creature studies organisms and the environment with great interest. It can see ultraviolet, sense the magnetic field, and zoom microscopically close with its gaze. The creature does not look at the state of the earth as I do. It does not know that the seas used to be plastic-free. Nor does it have an idea of good and evil. In my artistic expression, I give clues with figurative elements that I break down as unrecognizable. I utilize the thinking of the expanded field of painting. My works may often be seen as something between painting and sculpture. I combine bustling impasto painting with other material thinking. In addition to oil paint, I use, for example, recycled plastic sheets, linen, wood, plastic bags, and cable ties. The material has no virtuous or vice features in my art. The world appears as it is. It is beautiful, ugly, gentle, violent, uncontrollable, and unpredictable.”

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