ESSI KUOKKANEN’S (b. 1991) paintings speak of sensitivity, introspection and sympathy. Their figures are often focused on their own thoughts with a downward, melancholy gaze. In her works the visible world and its norms are questioned, giving nature and everyday goods a human aspect. Beneath the sometimes humorous surface lies solemnity and depth. Kuokkanen perceives her creative process as a circular movement, where images, painting and text turn into one another and into something strange. For her the various stages of the work, such as mixing the paint and the sound that it produces all establish their own meanings.