Anni Rapinoja

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b. 1949, Hailuoto
Visual Artist, Sculptor, Installation Artist, Environmental Artist, Installation Artist, Land Artist

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Artist’s Statement

Nature has been a partner to Hailuoto artist Anni Rapinoja for nearly 20 years. Studies in botany and geography have been crucially important to her. The ‘art of nature’ and environmental activism have gone hand-in-hand.

The works in the Wardrobe of Nature series depict the relationship between people and nature. The forms are primarily from the human world, but the works
themselves are a part of nature, works of art. Structurally, the “shoes, handbags, goblets...” are especially light; the structure of the mould comprises tissue paper hardened with rye porridge. sun, wind or water is needed to give shape to the work.
For example “Green thoughts”, originally built of green leaves of lingonberry, are only just in the beginning of their process, though the artist’sproportion and possibility to effect has finished. Large works often have cotton or woolen material as supporting structures.

The need to touch these works is bewildering and understandable. People have drifted far away from their ‘home’, from nature. Seeing forms of one’s own world combined with nature awakens a subconscious need to get close to it, to get inside. The explorer of the art does not take the time to observe his or her actions,
although on a conscious level they know that you don’t touch works of art. The art brings out a craving to be close to nature, a desire to go back ‘home’. Beside ”low-tech” there exist ”high-tech”, photographs, videos, ventilators, microscopes.
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Current information

4.2. - 27.5.2018
Museum Schloss Moyland
Bedburg - Hau
group exhibition

24.5. - 30.9.2018
K.H. Renlund museum
Kokkola, Finland
group exhibition

26.9.2018 - 13.1.2019
Oulu Museum of Art
solo exhibition works, but is not quite up to date. Renewal due to a problem-producing program.


Anni Rapinoja (born on Hailuoto island, Finland 1949), Master of Arts

Working area; installations, sculptures, visual arts, land art, state of art, environmental art

Solo Exhibitions;
2016 Nature of Man, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland
2015 Wardrobe of Nature, ARTag-galleria, Helsinki, Finland
2013 Another Side of Europe – portraits, Gallery Huone N:o 8, Hailuoto, Finland
2013 Another Side of Europe – photographs, Gallery Luoto, Hailuoto, Finland
2012 Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland

Group Exhibitions;
2017 Every moment is an exception – Contemporary art from the collection of the State Art Museum, Old glass factory, Riihimäki
2016 THE SECOND SKIN, Museum Sinclair Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany
2016 Nature of Man, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland
2016 Tillbaka till Naturen, The Nordic Gardens 2016, Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm, Sverige
2016 Five rooms – Viisi huonetta, Kajaani art museum, Kajaani, Finland
2015–2016 Opdagelser, Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Kettinge, Danmark
2015 Five rooms – Viisi huonetta, South Karelia museum, Lappeenranta, Finland
2014 Nature and More, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany
2014 One Celebration! Emil Aaltonen museum, Tampere, Finland
2014 Echoes of Eco – Winter Festival of Arts, included in the culture program of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Sochi Theatre, Russia
2013–2014 Kiasma Hits, Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
2013 Kui? Textil Art Triennal, Oulu Art Museum, Finland

Scholarships, stipends and awards;
2016 EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, 10 year anniversary - communal idea of art contest win with the idea: Puusta pudonneet – Drop from the tree

Works in following collections;
City of Vaasa
Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art

Enviromental and public Art Works;
2017 Skycleaner, a work produced in honor of the 100th anniversary of Finland, 100 pieces of twig brooms about 7 meters high, area 20 x 20 m, the twig brooms sweep from the sky, Folk Arts Center, Kaustinen, Finland