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As an artist I work with many mediums; painting, sculpture, animation, video among others. Over the years, my themes have shifted from a sociological, conceptual approach, where the individual and the norms in society have been central, to an interest in the spiritual dimension and ethical questions: what makes us make our choices, good or bad - and who are we really? The ecological aspect is also interesting and important - after all, we are all part of nature, both physically and mentally.

My work method is based on empathy, sensation and intuition. The underlying theme in my art is the spiritual realm, pondering the mystic inner world, be it my personal experience of the inner world, or a more broad approach for example regarding our relation to nature and ecology. The inspiration for my recent work The Mushroom, which consists of a bronze sculpture, a sound installation and biosensors, began during the first corona winter, when I spent a lot of time meditating in the forest. Sitting under a tree, I started to document my experiences in writing, and the process later gave rise to an animation, a series of charcoal drawings and finally to the piece Mushroom.

At the moment I'm working with painting and sculptures, which could be seen as three-dimensional paintings.

I did my BA at Turku Art Academy in Finland 1993, and my MA at Valand, Gothenburg University in Sweden 2006. Before that I studied sociology at Åbo Akademi in Turku.


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