"There is something not revealed as I am partially covered up in black fabric. Not only is it the affliction not obvious, but I also don't really want it to be obvious."
I'm a Finnish artist resident in Wales since 2010. I create handmade mixed media collages, incorporating some drawing and my own photographs. Recently I have included a form of performance art by staging myself for photographs that I use in my artwork.
As a photographer, I'm also fascinated with texture and patterns that that reveal abstract details in our reality.
Afflicted with a chronic illness since childhood, it comes naturally to me to explore emotional issues of belonging versus not belonging in a society mostly designed for people with wealth and health. My work expresses paradox, as a fundamental and crucial characteristic of reality. While ill health and alienation are linked with shame and helplessness, these can also give rise to strength of character, deeper insights into matters of life and death, and the advantage of a more objective viewpoint in regards to society at large. Due to the circumstances of my life I have joined the outsider arts and disability arts communities.
I'm currently working on "Project X", an experimental series of images attemtping to make invisible illness more visible. My Facebook page and blog offer plenty of live updates.
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