Päivi Helena Eskelinen

s. 1960, Iisalmi
Visual Artist
Residence: Helsinki

Artist’s Statement

The need to find a visual form for my thoughts and feelings is the source of my art. The working process is a way to think: through the materialness of my artistic work I’m able to reach a dimension that would, without my labor, remain unknown. The elaborate technical execution is thus part of the mental process.

My works can be divided into three groups: appropriated imagery, documentary paintings and mental images. All these approaches are different forms of visual thinking. The works of mine that comment on visual culture emphasize that images aren’t born in a vacuum. My art works are part of an infinite chain of images. In my documentary paintings, the central themes are absence and the passing of time. Mental images suggest what my way of being in the world is. Briefly, through personal and universal imagery I’m picturing my existence.

A recurring theme in my art is the relationship between words and images. When we want to understand the images of other times we need keys for their interpretation, namely texts. In my art I have wanted to make visible the idea that we see images through writing. But at the same time, the images themselves declare that there are also forms of thinking that words cannot describe.
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Helsingin Taiteilijaseuran kurssikeskuksen opettejien ryhmänäyttely "Värityskirja 2.0" Galleria Katariinassa 23.8.-10.9. 2017


Syntynyt 1960 Iisalmessa

Taideopinnot :
Turun Piirustuskoulu 1982-1986

Pääasiallinen tekniikka on tempera puulle ja paperille sekä mosaiikki ja kollaasi

Viimeisimmät näyttelyt :
2016, Galleria G12, Kuopio
2015, Nature morte, Gallleria Å, Turku
2013 Alaston materia, Galleria Rantakasarmi, Helsinki
2012 Kollaasi-Collage. Suomalaisen kollaasin historiaa,
Hyvinkään taidemuseo
2011 Oodi kaiken maailman purkeille, Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius
2008 L’art pour l’art, Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius

Toimii myös taideopettajana Helsingin Taiteilijaseuran kurssikeskuksessa, Helsingin seudun kesäyliopistossa, Helsingin Aikuisopistossa ja Toimelan opistossa