Essi Kuokkanen

Sour Puss, 2020
oil and watercolour on canvas
120 x 79 cm

Kuokkanen’s 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.

 

Man Contemplating Important Stuff, 2018
oil on canvas
143 x 133 cm

Lonely Lute, 2020
oil on canvas
122 x 143 cm

How It Feels Not to Be Seen, 2020
oil on paper
30 x 23

Blooming Snakes
4-6 June 2020
installation view
photo: Jussi Tiainen

Anxiety Attack, 2018
charcoal on paper
70 x 60 cm

Bad Day for a Dog Walker, 2020
oil on canvas
122 x 91 cm

Reflection, 2020
pencil on canvas
18 x 12

Eyes Lingering, 2019
oil on canvas
54 x 43,5 cm

Blooming Snakes
4-6 June 2020
installation view
photo: Jussi Tiainen

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