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Art Center Ahjo, Hehku space: Kaisa Juntunen

Kaisa Juntunen - Sadepäiviä, poutapäiviä̈ - Rainy Days, Sunny Days
Art Center Ahjo, Hehku space

Visual artist Kaisa Juntunen's solo exhibition “Sadepäiviä, poutapäiviä̈ - Rainy Days, Sunny Days” features magical-realistic nature themed works from 2020–2022.

The works in the exhibition have been inspired by the landscapes and nature of North Karelia which Kaisa Juntunen fell in love with at Kolin Ryynänen's artist residency in the summer of 2020, even so much so that she moved to Joensuu from Vantaa in January 2021. In the new landscapes of Joensuu Juntunen has looked at the constant change of the natural environment. The works show summer weather phenomena with its sunshine and rain showers. Through the nature and animal subjects typical of Juntunen she deals with the relationship between man and nature and the common energy that lies in everything.

Juntunen's black-and-white ink drawings and monochrome intaglio prints are meticulously executed works containing lots of stories and details. In addition, the exhibition features colored ink and pencil drawings as well as paintings. The works represent magical realism and feature elements of surrealism, pop art and fantasy art and the combining of different styles. In her works Juntunen seeks a fairytale atmosphere.

Kaisa Juntunen was born in Rantasalmi in 1979. She lives in Joensuu's Linnunlahti working with drawing, painting and graphic arts. Juntunen has graduated as a Master of Arts from Aalto University in 2015 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the South Karelia University of Applied Sciences in 2003. Kaisa Juntunen is a member of the Joensuu Artists' Association, the Helsinki Artists' Association and the Finnish Woodcut Artists Society. She has organized solo exhibitions since 2010 and participated in joint exhibitions in Finland and abroad since 2002.

Kaisa Juntunen's artistic work on the exhibition pieces has been supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
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