MIRKA Anni Maaria HOKKANEN (Kim)

MIRKA Anni Maaria HOKKANEN (Kim)

1979, Helsinki
Visual Artist, other, graphic artist/printmaker
St Valentin Strasse 14, 66901 Schönenberg-Kübelberg

Mirka Hokkanen was born in 1979 in Helsinki, Finland. Growing up she was always close to the nature, playing in the woods and swimming in the lakes. Her life took a new direction when she moved to the U.S. in 1998 to attend Rockford College in Illinois.

Mirka finished her BFA in 2002, and received both MA (2004) and MFA (2006) degrees in printmaking from University of Dallas, TX. Since then she has taught art in the Savannah, GA, area at Columbia College and Armstrong Atlantic State University, before moving to Dupont, WA, where she currently lives. Mirka now works as a fulltime artist, illustrator, instructor and crafts person. Her works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Though Hokkanen has lived in America for a long time, her work still reflects her heritage and upbringing. A respect for and closeness to nature draws Mirka to issues concerning the environment and animals and mans’ relationship with them.


Mirka Hokkanen is currently workin and living in Germany with her family.

She is working on her Finnish wallhanging project funded partly by the Finlandia Foundation National. Hokkanen is researching finnish embroidered wallhangings with sayings on them and making contemporary versions that speak to people today.

Current news and updates can be found on her website: mirkah.com

2010, engraving and watercolor, 2 1/4" x 3"

This is from a series of work about suburban animals who are being pushed out by sprawling suburbs. The animals are spying on us and secretly plotting to take their land back. The pieces are influenced by Mirka's own experiences with animals in her neighborhood and by folk tales and George Orwell's Animal Farm.