Tarja Tella

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b. 1960, Imatra
Visual Artist, Painter, Community Artist
Residence: Joensuu

Artist’s Statement

My artistic work is focusing on painting, drawing, photographing and social cases. I work in my studio and sometimes in mental hospital, making visual art with people suffering about mental problems. You may call that art therapy or nursing with pictures, paintings etc. For me art means dialogues between human beings.
Of course painting or drawing or photographing are my own forms of expression. In my opinion very direct flash of my self onto canvas or paper. Often I want my photos looking like paintings. Recently I have painted on acrylic glass and on metal plate.
A painting process is a very physical activity. A painting can be a part in interaction. As its best a painting is not an object, it is a subject.
I have very anxious attitude to protect nature, forests and sees. And support people trying to survive against the pressure that comes from global large-scale industries or ruler states. People have their rights on their ancient landscapes for example Finno-Ugric people in Northern Russia, Lapps in Finland, Indians in United States and Basques in Spain.
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Painter, Visual Artist, Public Artist

Birth: Imatra
Home: Joensuu
Atelje´: Joensuu

f.ex. Finnish Painters´ Union, MUU Artists´ Association,
Finnish Bioart Society,
Joensuu Artists´ Association

Member/ client of KUVASTO ry: Yes

Art Education:
North Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Fine Art, 1996-1997, BA, Visual Artist/Painter

North Karelia College of Applied Art, major studies in Fine Arts (Painting), 1991-1995