KRISTIINA UUSITALOGales of Laughter

Long Exposure II, 2013

KRISTIINA UUSITALO

A painting is a song that I sang with the taste of being in my mouth. A taste of being that is as abstract as the present moment. Nonetheless, I feel the radiating weight of the moment.

The theme of my works is the illusion of movement and the image of thought, even though the figurative motifs of my paintings allude to images of the surface of water. Liquid life moved by wind, a constructed smile, light from time. A gale of laughter.

What we see is of decisive importance for experience. We feel that the self is where our eyes are. A painting is a hand that feels the resistance of the water. I consider the body of water, transparent and reflecting its surroundings while definitely material at the same time. I spread flowing paint on a reflective surface to represent an image of water, a surface shining with light reflecting the mind of the artist and the viewer. Many exposures later, the image comes forth from between myself and my thoughts.

In my paintings I suggest the gaze that is cast when a boundary is crossed, when the joy of discovery gushes forth and heats the palms of the hands. The familiar shore of Lake Saimaa has been my lily pond. I´ve brought home the glimmer of water and thunder in my baggage from near and far - to find a patch of sunlight striped by blinds - just as fascinating as the waves of the sea. It is from these that I improvise my paintings in the studio.

A painting is a place for life of the most real kind, lacking words but becoming more recognizable when it gains form. The path forks before me faster than I can take the road of my choice. I set out on it like Walt Whitman in his poem "Song of the Open Road", with inexorable brisk steps, rejoicing over every turn of the way

Kristiina Uusitalo


Kristiina Uusitalo´s (born 1959) paintings are images of the landscape and nature of Finland. They reveal the personal experience of the artist as something shared and recognizable. The paintings depict the revelatory moment of achieving awareness. Their large masterly brushstrokes alter the scale of the landscape, attaching them to an intensely experienced moment . The landscape becomes a stage where the artist tells of her insights and presentiments. Kristiina Uusitalo was awarded the Finnish State Art Prize of 2008.

 
  • uusitalo/2013/Rebuking-the-Wind_II

    Rebuking the Wind II, 2011
    dry pigment and artificial resin on aluminum
    130 x 200 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Rebuking-the-Wind_IV

    Rebuking the Wind IV, 2011
    dry pigment, artificial resin and platinum-leaf on aluminum
    130 x 200 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Solarized-Time_VIII

    Solarized Time VIII, 2013
    oil, dry pigment, wax and artificial resin on aluminum
    130 x 200 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Rebuking-the-Wind_V

    Rebuking the Wind V, 2011
    dry pigment, artificial resin and platinum-leaf on aluminum
    130 x 200 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Long-Exposure_II

    Long Exposure II, 2013
    oil, dry pigment and artificial resin on mdf-board
    100 x 150 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Solarized-Time_V

    Solarized Time V, 2012
    oil, dry pigment and artificial resin on aluminum
    100 x 150 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Gales-of-Laughter-VII

    Gales of Laughter VII, 2013, 2012
    oil, dry pigment, wax and artificial resin on mdf-board
    100 x 150 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Gales_of_Laughter_VI

    Gales of Laughter VI, 2012
    dry pigment and artificial resin on aluminum
    100 x 150 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/The-Tempest_I

    The Tempest I, 2012
    oil, dry pigment and artificial resin on aluminum
    100 x 150 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Solarized-Time_1

    Solarized Time I, 2012
    oil, dry pigment, wax and artificial resin on aluminum
    100 x 150 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Time-Cracked-Open_IV


    oil, dry pigment, wax and artificial resin on mdf-board
    100 x 150 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Long-Exposure_I

    Long Exposure I, 2012-2013
    oil, dry pigment, wax and artificial resin on mdf-board
    200 x 250 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Long-Exposure_III

    Long Exposure III, 2012-2013
    oil, dry pigment, wax and artificial resin on mdf-board
    200 x 250 cm

  • uusitalo/2013/Time-Cracked-Open_III

    Time Cracked Open III, 2012-2013
    oil, dry pigment, wax and artificial resin on mdf-board
    200 x 250 cm

 
 
 
 
 
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