Anu Eskelin

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Visual Artist, Painter
Residence: Vantaa

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Phone number: 050 3089886

Artist’s Statement

My abstract, layered paintings come into being as the colours racket on the canvas. The artwork is ready when they converse and take up a position of my choosing.

My inspiration originates mostly from the beautiful and versatile nature. I love walking by the rivers, lakes and ocean beaches, wandering in the woods gives me a special power.

As materials, I use mainly oil and acrylic paints.
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“Et in arcadia ego”1
On the painting of Anu Eskelin

Anu Eskelin is an artist, who like many artists before her, has made Italy her second home. Like her predecessors, for Eskelin, too, Italy stands for the highest in art and for an Arcadia, which could not be more attractive. On 2 December 1786 J. W. Goethe wrote in his travel journal:
“Indeed, the new life that is granted a reflecting man when considering a new country is without comparison. For all that I am the same person I feel I am altered down to the core of my bone marrow.”2 Is it not precisely this self-awareness and self-education that makes us travel to faraway countries?

“The artist transforms the world into painting by lending the world his body.”3

Through the movement with which Eskelin applies paint to the canvas, she consciously lets herself be led into the depth of oblivion, into the realm of the subconscious. Memories emerge, want to surface along with her. These are traces of landscapes, figures and architectural fragments, which are revealed to us in the interaction of shapes forming and dissolving. It is a to and fro, a hesitant revealing and concealing of the emerging images.
“Through the application of individual coats of paint the themes that seeks visualization gradually reveals itself,” explains the artist. The images come to her. During the painting process, she effectively moves between the two worlds. She ventures on the experience of the abyss.

1 ET IN ARCADIA EGO, 1621-23, painting by Giovanni Francesco Barieri, known as Guercino, Rome, Galleria Nazionale.
2 Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Italienische Reise, edited by Herbert von Einem, (Munich 122011), p. 146.
3 Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Das Auge und der Geist, edited by Christian Bremes, (Hamburg, 1984), p.278.