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Art and language, visuality and words. As a child I dreamed of becoming an artist. I used to draw for example cats, simultaneously telling their story by speaking it out loud to myself. I partially lived in my own world reading every teen / young adult fantasy novel my home library had to offer.
In teenage, me and my friends were Japan enthusiasts. We got hooked to those anime stories, Death note and Dragon ball Z. We made sushi and dressed up as characters of a manga. I played a perverted monk.
One thing I really enjoy is traveling. My family used to make long trips to Europe by car during summer holidays. In 2002 sushi was already sold at supermarkets in France. We tried to cook it on a frying pan. Lately I've noticed that sushi has arrived to Finnish supermarkets here in Tampere as well.
I studied at Tampere University and now possess a Master of Arts degree in English translation. My degree included a course in audio description. Audio description requires knowledge of both visual arts and translation - it is a translation of images into words for a visually impaired audience.
As a trainee at Galleria Rajatila I got to audio describe for example a video in which the artist (Heidi Kilpeläinen) sang to Finnish evacuees from the time of WW2, and asylum seekers coming to modern day Finland. Then I joined Rajataide ry as an artist member. Today I am also a board member and a publicist.
My official education in fine arts includes basic studies according to the University of Lapland and several master-apprentice style courses in oil painting by Emmi Mustonen.
I think artistic identity is something that evolves all the time and you are in a sense never ready. When I paint, I like to specialize in portraits and images that start from a story, sometimes a fantastical one. People are interesting. So are cats. And birds, and rivers in Andorra. Colours taking you to the sunset.
At the moment I work as an audio describer of visual art for the visually impaired at Rajataide ry, funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation's grant.
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