1976, Helsinki
Graphic Artist/Printmaker
Artist’s Statement 

About my printmaking

I´m working with the traditional media of etching and aquatint using copper plates, still I feel that I been succeeding with my craft if the technique is not the main issue in the readymade art work. For me the image is the most important issue and the viewer doesn´t have to know how the picture is made.

In my pictures I’m showing places where I’ve never physically been.
The images are allegorical.
Yet I wish them to also function on a purely visual level, each whole & complete in itself; tales that need not be interpreted.
I want the viewer to experience through the images strange places, situations and phenomena.
The pictures are windows on to elsewhere, to forgotten tales and lost myths.
The images can contain familiar figures and symbols and may at first evoke that which is archetypal. But on reflection the meaning might not be so clear.
The symbols become more enigmatic.

In my pictures I’m spending time on the edges.
The subject matter changes and shifts freely from the stormy sea to the impenetrable jungle.
I want the known and the unknown to meet.

My current prints shown the wild jungle, where amongst colours and beauty rules the law of the stronger, and dramatical happenings occur. I been inspired among others by Henry Rousseau.

When you look at the pictures from a distance you might only see the beauty, but when you look a bit closer things are not so rosy.


Paradice Lost (yksitysikohta)