My flower-themed works represent the power of nature, its ability to grow through thick rock and to invade human-made constructions. Nature also refers to the innermost of a human being, something that pushes out and is impossible to hide forever. Even an urbanised person longs for nature and needs it to keep in touch with their body and their life.
”The Eyes”-series started with the exhibition ”Of All Flowers”, in which flowers symbolized gender diversity. In the baby-themed works, I speak up for each body’s uniqueness and everybody’s right to integrity. Especially intersex children are in a vulnerable position in our binary culture. I try to emphasize the baby’s eyes so that they reflect all their personnality and eventually all possible questions or definitions about the gender lose their meanings. In these works, the flower is a colourful and unique cradle, where a person can grow and swing in peace.
”Hide and Seek” shows the interaction and play between babies swinging in the flowers of life. At the same time, the flowers represent each child’s uniqueness with their individual colours. Children are not interested in classifying each other by the colour of their skin or their gender. They focus on the eyes and on everything that hides behind them.
The idea for this work originated when I felt an inexplicable desire to jump on the wall like a gecko. I couldn’t get over that mental image. I couldn’t jump on the wall, so I drew this picture.
Delicate but strong anemones grow from rock fissures. Even in the most rugged environment, life wins and is transmitted from the ground to the toes. The earth is a very close and power giving element for the human species. We must stay in connection with the earth by keeping our feet on the ground and also by picking up the energy that it gives us. Just like the earth, is also our body full of growth material.
This work was made to celebrate 100 years old Finland. The flowers symbolise all the people who have struggled and worked hard to build this beautiful country, on a harsh base like this rocky uphill is.
From the life line grows a rose, which is known as a symbol of love. By picturing the red rose, I wanted to represent the strenght of feeling, the bursting and powerful nature of any emotion.
From the fate line grows a black iris, that symbolises melancholy, a sorrow with no object.
From the heart line grows a freesia, which means “You got me trapped!” in the language of flowers.
From the heart line grows a magnolia, a sensitive but strong flower.
From the fate line grows a gloxinia, a flower known as a symbol of separation.
From the head line grows a viola, which is known as a symbol of remembrance, considering, loving thoughts and free thinking.
The sweetest memory warms the heart as one can recall it and stay with it for a little moment over and over again, burst with happiness.
From the life line grows a tagetes, a flower known as a symbol of prediction.
Dancing art inspires me a lot, because it makes the postures beautiful and expressive at the same time. The body language is aesthetic and communicative without being too posing.
The flower of this piece was inspired by a saying: ”The flower of humor is the most beautiful one.” And it is its own kind. A little bit like an eustoma, but not at all. The flower tends to emerge from scratch even in very bleak circumstances, like between two people’s hands or behind the ear of a lonely person. People have always used flowers of humor as pets and gifts. Nevertheless, every now and then they are feared and people that hold power have countless times tried to eradicate it and to ban its cultivation. Until now it has never been accomplished perfectly.
From the earlobe grows a forget-me-not. A heard word sticks in the mind. The body remembers what it has heard, for both good and bad. At best, words unite people in the same way than given and received gifts.
Behind the ear grows a wood sorrel. A heard word sticks in the mind.