Finnish artists Camilla Vuorenmaa’s (b. 1979) and Saara Ekström’s (b. 1965) solo exhibitions have both been a big success these last past months. Shows have stirred feelings in newspapers and blogs, and for example Helsingin Sanomat, Hufvudstadsbladet, Åbo Underrättelse and Turun Sanomat have written several critiques.
“The tight timeframe that was given to Vuorenmaa for making the pieces in the exhibition The Sea Separates Us, lead to an incredible productivity, resulting in an abundant unity, that can hardly contain itself.” – Helen Korpak, Hufvudstadsbladet (20.2.2016)
Camilla Vuorenmaa’s exhibition The Sea Separates Us at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art comprises of colourful paintings on carved wood which she made during her residency in Iceland. The exhibition is a part of the Fine Arts Academy of Finland award she won in May 2015. Vuorenmaa’s exhibition will be open until the 7th of April.
“Pictures can tell you something more than a person; in every of them there are hidden stories, feelings and messages. Many of them transport you through the artist’s life. Camilla welcomes us to her world, to her story and to her emotions.“ – Demosarte blog
Åbo Underrättelse critique had similar views about Saara Ekström’s exhibition Alchemy at Wäinö Aaltonen Museum:
“Artist Saara Ekström has a strong sense for contrast and details. The exhibition has an suggestive rhythm, her works sharpens the viewer’s senses and awareness.” – Johanna Bruun (12.2.2016)
Saara Ekström’s exhibition will be open until the 24th of April.
Even though the budget for marketing these Finnish artists’ exhibitions doesn’t come even close to what the budget is for the exhibitions by foreign artists in Finland. Nevertheless these solo exhibitions have attracted noteworthy public. This can be taken as a sign to start focusing and investing Finnish artists. We hope to see more of this in the future!
Camilla Vuorenmaa: The Sea Separates Us 10.02- 17.04.2016
EMMA – Espoo Modern Art Museum
Ahertajankatu 5, Espoo
Saara Ekström: Alchemy 05.01- 24.04.2016
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum
Itäinen Rantakatu 38, Turku
Photos: Saara Ekström: Alchemy, Phantasma (2016); Camilla Ekström: The Sea Separates Us (2016), Kulttuurikuu blog