I am a painter and woodblock printmaker interested in environmental issues, biodiversity, and our relationship with nature. I often use organic materials, such as wood, dried plants, taxidermy, and 3D-printed bioplastic to create my works.
My attempt is to merge paint and organic material into landscapes, in other words, to depict nature allowing the subject itself to take part in the formation of the image and letting it speak through my work.
In my work, organic material acts as sensory stimulus and are a way for me to release the viewer from the dullness of the daily stream of digital images we are subjected to. Paint and living materials become palpable and thus evoke the same sensory experience found in nature.
I completed my degree in Japanese studies, deeply drawn to the zen aesthetic approach to creating meditative images concerning the enviroment. I studied art at the Pekka Halonen Academy and the Free Art School. I was been awarded the Chujo Watanabe -grant to research Japanese printmaking and zen arts in Kyoto, and was chosen to the Salmela Art Center Young Artist Residency.
I live and work in HEL.
TAIKO・Finnish Art Online → [ Taiko online ]
Helsinki Artists Association・Taidelainaamo → coming soon.
Galleria Duetto・Helsinki → [ Galleria Duetto ]
C O N T A C T
Arla Sauna Studios, HEL
l-heinonen (at) hotmail.com
040 565 1520
For inquiries relating to the Factum Foundation Alvar Aalto Siilo project in Oulu please contact me at:
laura.heinonen (at) factumfoundation.org