At The Heart of the Matter – Kristiina Uusitalo (Helsinki)

“My current paintings take us into the midst of the plastic soup that we swim in. The sky is still blue, but we are choking in the useless material boiling away in our seas and on our shores. We let it go down the drain. We make it momentarily invisible when we flush it down the toilet. But it cannot go away. It stays swirling around in our waters. It fills vast areas of land. It gets washed up on our shores. It will eventually reappear in our food. It will not decay in our lifetime. We will go before it does. It comes in all colours and shapes. There is so much variety to delight in. It has been created and expended with no stinginess of mind. But it is no good – except as a concept.

Waterborne III, 2016, Ink on paper, 31,5×51 cm

I can hardly go and pick it all up myself. There are very small stretches of actual places where I can do this concretely. But as I do so, I simultaneously gather an endless collection of shapes, colours and textures. What an abundance of materials to set minds in motion.

This is not Snow V, 2016, Oil, pigment, wax,artificial resinon MDF-board, 170×250 cm

We need a huge change in our priorities if we are to go on from here in a healthy way. I paint to make visible the places where energy is stored and released. It is the human will that vibrates in the elements. Here is what I have. This is my contribution”.

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The Urge to Disappear III, 2016,Oil, pigment,wax, artificial resin on MDF-board, 170×250 cm

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1959, lives and works in Helsinki, Finland


1986–1988   Master of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art,
Temple University,  Philadelphia, PA, USA

1978–1982    The School of Fine Arts Academy of Finland, Helsinki


2018      Arktikum , Rovaniemi, Finland

2017      Künstlerhaus FRISE, Hamburg, German

Nordic Art Gallery, Antibes, France

Gallery Aura, Turku, Finland

Gallery Harmaja, Oulu

Gallery Himmelblau, Tampere

2016      Gallery Heino, Helsinki

2013      Galleria Heino, Helsinki

2012      Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki

Gallery Harmaja, Oulu


2017      More Women, desing sublime, Girls’ Club, Available Space
Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Real Celebration, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Rovaniemi

2016      From Heino with Love,HAM, Helsinki

2015     Women’s Weapons: Lipstick and Tears, Sara Hilden Art Museum,
Tampere, Finland

2014      Festen ,Gallery Forum Box , Helsinki, Finland

2012      Little Languages / Coded Pictures, Kathryn Markel Fine Art, New York ,

With friendly support of Elbkulturfonds Hamburg / 2016-17