Tarja Tella

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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Current information

2017 Jyväskylä, Galleria Becker, solo
2017, 2019 Helsinki, International Contemporary Art Festival ´17 ja ´19, Kaapelitehdas/Gable Factory
2018 Japani, Osaka, Enokojima Art Center, AVA Art Festival 2018
2019 Joensuu, Galleria KOHINA, solo
Raahe, Galleria Myötätuuli, ITÄ-LÄNSI
Veteli, Taidekartano, Suomen Pohjoismainen Taideliitto, OXYGENUM
Joensuu, Taidekeskus AHJO, Taidemaalariliitto 90v-alueelliset juhlanäyttelyt
Norja, Vesisaari, Finnmarkin pääkirjaston galleria, valokuvanäyttely, solo
Helsinki, SOLU Space, Suomen Biotaiteen seura, Time and River are alike

2017 Italia, Rooma ja Vatikaani, mm. MAXXI -nykytaiteen museo, Vatikaanin museot, Etruskimuseo,  San Clemente ja muut taide- ja kulttuurihistorialliset kohteet, lokakuussa
2018 Kilpisjärvi/Enontekiö, Suomen biotaiteen seura, Ars Bioarctica -kansainvälinen residenssiohjelma, syyskuussa
2019 Norja, Finnmark/Varanger, Vesisaari, Lyset I Varanger -kansainvälinen residenssiohjelma, huhtikuussa

2017-2019, Taike, taiteilija-apuraha



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