Anna Aho

b. 1979, Turku
visual artist
Residence: Tarvasjoki

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Artist’s Statement

I am primarily a painter, but I also combine printing techniques and three dimensional elements in my paintings. I’m interested in working with different materials. I have for example painted on aluminum plate, ceramic tiles and recently on transparent plastic sheet. From time to time I go back to painting on canvas. I mostly use acrylics.
In my paintings there are mostly human characters. The models I use are people close to me or myself. Sometimes hard things are easier to present with self-portraits than using other people as models. My models don’t usually represent their own personalities in my paintings. They are portrayed as characters. I find my inspiration from nature, people, art, music and life in general.
In my paintings I often explore the life from woman’s point of view. Sometimes there are difficult things, such as depression, fear, forgetting and being forgotten. Sometimes there are happier things, finding oneself and thoughts about women’s position in contemporary society. I like to use humour to lighten serious themes.

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2019 Huntenkunst, Netherlands