Arja Maarit Puhakka

Basic information

b. 1957, Helsinki
Visual Artist, Sculptor, Performance Artists, Environmental Artist
Residence: Kirjala

Contact information

Phone number: 358503612137

Artist’s Statement

Sculptor and visual artist Arja Maarit Puhakka lives in Parainen, in the archipelago region of Finland where she also has her atelier. Her creative works could be described experimental or even innovative in nature, and her interest range from traditional sculpture to modern installations that combine different materials in unprejudiced ways. Painting and drawing has become an important tool in her work, and performance art is the latest conquest in her artistic expression. With a dancer and performance artist Susanne Montag – Wärnå she forms an artist group called Twotoo-Kaksinainen.

In her latest drawings Puhakka has combined the body movement with drawing (Free Line technique) and Cyanotype technique. The technique frees one from the beforehand-taught ideas and gives away to creative processes, where the pictures that are born from the lines create new images and these in turn are in constant dialogue with each other.
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Current information

Taivasalla group 15th anniversary exhibition in Kaarina talo, November 2020

Bio

Sculptor and visual artist Arja Maarit Puhakka is born in Helsinki in 1957. She lives in Parainen, in the archipelago region of Finland where she also has her atelier.

Puhakka has participated several group exhibitions and has also had solo exhibitions in major Finnish cities since 1995. Some of her works have been presented outside of Finland in Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Japan, Peru and Russia. Puhakka has works in the collections of cities Brammingen, (Denmark) Iquitos (Peru), Lübbenau (Germany), Kankaapää, Loimaa, Parainen and Pälkäne in Finland. She has studied art in Kankaanpää art school, Finland, and art academies of Tallinn (Estonia), Prague (Czech republic) and Turku (Finland). She has a Master of Arts degree in Art history and is a member of Finnish Sculptors association and Turku Artists Association.