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ARTWORK

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Poison Dwarfs, 2006

Seven characters painted in oil, appr. 3 m x 3 m, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL, USA

Based on the memory of my childhood friend who went missing in 1988.

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436, 2006

436 plaster ducks in a jail cell, Mad Art Gallery, Saint Louis, USA
 

436 prisoners were executed in US prisons between 2000 and 2006.

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Poison, 2012

Video and collage installation, Smart Gallery, Aberdeen.

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Memento mori, 2014

Two characters painted in oil on wood. The faces are based on my children.

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My Pal, Napoleon, 2014

Collage installation, Salo Art Museum.

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Birthday, 2017

Video, Muu Gallery, Helsinki

"All fiction, as Balzac said, is symbolic autobiography"
Angela Carter

This video is loosely based on my childhood memories, which were overshadowed by the disappearance of a friend.

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Femininity, 2018 

Three paintings: The Monstrous Female, Tiger's Bride, Fevvers at Joensuu Art Museum, Finland, 2018.
 

Loosely based on Angela Carter's fictional characters.

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Cut with the Kitchen Scissors, 2018

Installation of collages (named after Hannah Höch), Joensuu Art Museum, Finland.

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Personae Mythologicae,
2019-2020

Installation of 28 characters based on Finnish mythology (collage printed on aluminium) in front of Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA, Finland.

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Personae Mythologicae,
2019-2020

Installation of 28 characters based on Finnish mythology (collage printed on aluminium) in front of Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA, Finland.

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Collaboration with Kallio Brewery, 2017-

My collages have appeared on Kallio Brewery's craft beer since Art Fair Suomi in 2017 (branding by David Graham).

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The Animal in You,
2019

I have made portraits of people as animals since 2017. This one is a portrait of Heidi as a cat, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku, Finland.

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Fine and Dandy,
2019

Acrylic on board mounted on wood, 2019.

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Soul Sister,
2020

Acrylic on board mounted on wood.

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Disco Inferno
(Revenge of the Rebel Angels),
2019

Acrylic on MDF, 2019 (Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku Finland)

A playful mixture of Pieter Bruegel's Fall of the Rebel Angels and 1970s disco.

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Jungle Boogie,
2021

Mixed media

A disco box along a forest path, Salo, Finland. The box had a barcode with a link to a disco song.

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Dinner Guests,
2021

Public art piece commissioned by the city of Salo for Märynummi primary school.

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Dinner Guests,
2021

Public art piece commissioned by the city of Salo for Märynummi primary school.

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Kith & Kin,
2022

Installation of over 50 portraits based on friends, family and famous people.

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Esther,
2020

One of the painted portraits in Kith and Kin.

"Esther gave birth to a village idiot, had her womb removed and lost her marbles."