28 January – 18 April 2021: Golden Menstruation and Divine Ground – Jasmin Anoschkin and Soili Talja
Jasmin Anoschkin (b. 1980) and Soili Talja (b. 1958) explore similar themes in their art, even though they work with different techniques and methods. Anoschkin is known for her playful ceramic sculptures inspired by the aesthetics of toys, whereas Talja’s works in the exhibition include light ink paintings. However, both artists explore concepts related to the human body, and their works create an illusion of easiness and boundlessness.
Anoschkin’s sculptures question the idea of a “right” way to make art. Her sculptures’ shapes and colours resemble the way children mould clay or draw. The animal and human figures seem grotesque and disfigured, but their imperfections can eventually be seen as humoristic and admirable, radiating positivity and acceptance around them.
Talja’s paintings are combinations of abstract and figurative expression. Her works are depictions of the soul, challenging the traditional division of body and mind. Talja’s expressive, light brush strokes and lines give out a powerful feeling of embodiment and a lively illusion of movement.
6 May – 29 August 2021: Observers of the Spirits – Camilla Vuorenmaa
Camilla Vuorenmaa’s large works combine painting and woodcut techniques and often expand outside the frames of a traditional painting. Her art has been widely displayed both in Finland and abroad. In 2018, she was nominated for the Ars Fennica Award, and was awarded the Fine Arts Academy of Finland Prize in 2015.
At the Joensuu exhibition, Vuorenmaa presents the new sound art pieces Meeting the Spirits, Flesh and Bones and About the Future. She started to collect the material for them during her New York residency in 2019. She interviewed twenty people and asked questions about death, the future, and possible encounters with spiritual beings.
In her artistic work, Vuorenmaa explores the themes of social interaction and the relationship between individual and community, as well as gestures and facial expressions of people and animals. She often starts with researching books, articles and photos. Vuorenmaa’s works are inspired by both history and present-day phenomena, bringing the past and the present together in a fascinating way.
Joensuu Art Museum houses an interesting collection of art from Finland and around the world, mainly donated to the museum by private collectors. The permanent exhibitions include Finnish art from 1850s to modern days, Greek and Roman antiquities, Eastern Orthodox icons, catholic church art from Southern and Central Europe, and a collection of Chinese art, in which the oldest artifacts are from 1600 BCE.
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