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TUULI OIKKONEN

BIOGRAPHY

The importance of nature to me is reflected in my art

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Tuuli Oikkonen is a visual artist and art educator from North Ostrobothnia, Kempele. She has studied education and history of art (2011-2017) at the University of Oulu . After completing her Master of Education Degree she started her Master of Art studies at the University of Lapland. She held her debut exhibition in Rovaniemi in March 2018. As an artist and art educator, one of the most important philosophies she follows is that art belongs to everyone. This is what she seeks to accomplish by working with people from as many backgrounds as possible, by inspiring and directing others to artistic work, and by treating themes of art with the gripping surface as well as offering art to spaces where everyone can access it. The themes that Tuuli Oikkonen explores trough her art are reflective and current, there can be seen socially-minded side. Having lived all her life in Northern Finland has effected in her art – you can find the weight of long lasting darkness, the miraculous of nightless night and the variation of four seasons.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I explore the world through my work from my own basis. I’m interested in how a person works and why. How different life situations affect us and how we react to them. How different feelings comes and how we deal with them. The importance of nature to me is reflected in my art - in technical choices, organic forms and expression. The most important techniques for my expression are the various techniques of painting (watercolor, acrylic and oil), wood cut graphics and ceramics. Obviously, not all of these technologies are environmentally friendly and I try to use them knowing their disadvantages as well as recycling materials as much as I can. I am very emotional and temperamental person, which is why the working periods are often project-based and intense. My work is momentary, I rarely plan my work. Through the works I try to convey emotions, experiences and thoughts that I have went trough my every day life. Still I think that the fineness of abstract art is that the artwork is like a mirror - it reflects every viewer's own experiences and thoughts but at the same time can help me to see familiar things from a new perspective. I’m a major consumer of different arts and therefore my projects are usually frequently interdisciplinary art. In my opinion the forms of different art nourishes each other. Therefore the result is often more multi-dimensional than if stayed only on one art form.

Process of Change III, 2018, akryyli kankaalle
Variant, 2018, akryyli kankaalle
Exhibition in Oulu, 2018

EXHIBITIONS

Oncoming Exhibitions

minä. 16.8.-28.9.2018, Kolo Lounge, Oulu

Process of Change III 3.-21.10.2018, Galleria Kajaste, Helsinki

Past Exhibitions

Process of Change II 9.-27.5.2018, Galleria Kajaste, Oulu

Process of Change 13.-28.3.2018, Galleria Kilo, Rovaniemi


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