PASI TAMMIPaintings

Hidden to be seen, 2003
oil on canvas
150 x 100 cm
Double Exposures from the Borders of Realities

In the latest works of Pasi Tammi, people have left the stage leaving behind hints of their existence: apples left uneaten, abandoned objects and dimly lit rooms reigned by shadows. The dreamlike pictures and their tense atmosphere take place in moments open to endless narrative possibilities. The recurring themes, candles and a chair adventuring alone create stories between pictures.

These works, more simplified than the previous ones, yet still picturesque, give imagination wings. Existentialist questions arise from beneath the aesthetic surface: What lies beyond the borders of realities? What is the relationship between the persistence of a memory and life lived? Does a person´s identity match the way it is seen by others? Rich shadows and reflections create a kind of double exposure to the pictures as different levels of time, external reality and internal experience become intertwined.

The play between overlapping realities strengthens the surrealistic tone of Tammi´s paintings. Surrealism, however, is nothing but one layer combined as it is with reminiscences of art from various eras - from the fiery floods of Medieval damnation to the Romantic sublimation of nature and from the mystical states of mind associated with Symbolism to the mirrors, fading flowers, and decaying fruit of the "vanitas" theme. As a painter, Tammi successfully integrates a unique approach to timeless fantasy art traditions.

Sari Kuuva
Art Historian


 

 
  • tammi/2005/02

    Life on one's conscience, 2005
    oil on canvas
    76 x 90 cm

  • tammi/2005/03

    Life on one's conscience, 2005
    oil on canvas
    60 x 70 cm

  • tammi/2005/01

    Life on one's conscience, 2005
    oil on canvas
    22 x 30 cm

  • tammi/2005/10

    Turned over, 2005
    oil on canvas
    100 x 86 cm

  • tammi/2005/11

    Reaching, 2004
    oil on canvas
    70 x 60 cm

  • tammi/2005/09

    Hidden to be seen, 2003
    oil on canvas
    150 x 100 cm

  • tammi/2005/07

    Dancer on the water, 2005
    oil on canvas
    116 x 100 cm

  • tammi/2005/06

    I am not you are not me, 2004
    oil on canvas
    70 x 60 cm

  • tammi/2005/05

    The Legend, 2005
    oil on canvas
    70 x 55 cm

  • tammi/2005/04

    Shadow of a flame, 2005
    oil on canvas
    70 x 55 cm

  • tammi/2005/13

    Faster than light, 2004
    oil on canvas
    100 x 120 cm

  • tammi/2005/12

    Motionless in a current
    oil on canvas
    75 x 95 cm

  • tammi/2005/14

    From door to door there is a path between two nothingnesses, 2005
    oil on canvas
    100 x 150 cm

  • tammi/2005/08

    A bit after just before, 2004
    oil on canvas
    55 x 130 cm

 
 
 
 
 
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