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Solo exhibitions 2017 Helmikuu, Art Center Ahjo, Joensuu 2015 Oman käden oikeus, Cafe Cavalier, Helsinki 2013 Kevät (Spring), Käytävägalleria, Helsinki 2011 Mun plesö, Taidejulistegalleria, Helsinki 2010 Oonko se minä?, Käytävägalleria/Cable Factory, Helsinki 2009 Sisustustauluja pikkuporvaristolle, Lasipalatsin Näyttelytila, Helsinki 2007 Myrkar myndir/Paintworks, galler Klaustur, Iceland 2006 Kuivataikinakysely (only in Finnish), Aralis-galleria, Helsinki 2005 Teossofiaa (only in Finnish), works of art with Jaana Lönnroos, Taidetila Munkki, Helsinki 2005 Silmävoimistelua (Eye gymnastics), taidetila Munkki, Helsinki 2004 Stalin prizes 2004, taidetila Munkki, Helsinki 2003 Alanko maalariksi, taidetila Munkki, Helsinki 2003 Kaleidoskopioita, taidetila Munkki, Helsinki 2003 Poliittinen taide, taidetila Munkki, Helsinki 2001 Flaskor, galleri blås & knåda, Stockholm 2000 Selvityksiä, Kluuvin galleria, Helsinki 1998 Näyttelylasia, Design Forum (display window), Helsinki 1998 Umpimähkä, Savoy-theatre, Helsinki 1997 Poistaen lisättyä, Baffin Books, Helsinki 1995 Kuukausi, Design Museum, Helsinki 1994 Ved vinduet, Kulturfabrikken, Copenhagen 1994 Särkyvää Fragile, the Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki 1993 Kirsu & säkä, Galleria Be'19, Helsinki 1991 Stereomonotypioita, Rikhardinkatu library, Helsinki 1991 Roskis-Rytkönen, Design Museum, Helsinki 1990 Revalvaattori, Galleria Be'19, Helsinki 1990 Kuvataiteita Muotoilua, Galleria Be'19, Helsinki 1989 Lopputyönäyttely, galleria Varatie, Helsinki



Myrkar myndir/Paintworks

I had an exhibition in East-Icelandic culture centre.

green text is Icelandic (some caracters may not appear correctly)




Paintworks

When, as a child, we had a wall or a toy car to paint, I was always told never to mix oil based and water based paints. Obeying accumulated temptation. When I grew up I just had to make that forbitten mixture.

Last spring I was pondering, why do I make art. Do I even have an effect on my doings? My questioning led to these paintings. First I painted dots with oil-based enamel paint on the canvas. Then, with a broad brush I painted over all the canvas a dark layer with water-based acrylic. This was the task I gave to them: Picture a starry sky!

As these paints repel each other, soon bright stars began to break through the dark-painted sky. Works of art started to carry out the given task and create wanted picture. "Can I influence my doings?" they could have asked while creating happened to them. Even though they acted independently and reached an unique result, they didn't have an effect on the course of events - what a delicious disagreement!

I refined this method from the paintmixture forbidden in my childhood. Without prohibitions this might have never happened. Were those prohibitions in fact a lure, which I followed without my own will power?

I call these paintings paintworks.


Myrkar myndir

egar vi sem brn mluum veggi ea leikfangabla vorum vi alltaf minnt a blanda ekki saman vatns- og olulitum. Vegna bannsins var etta spennandi og egar g var fullorinn var g a prfa essa bnnuu blndu.

Sasta vor fr g a velta v fyrir mr af hverju g vri listamaur. Hef g einhver hrif verk mn? Spurningar mnar leiddu til essa verkefnis. g tk fram lreft og byrjai a mla punkta me ljsri olumlningu. San mlai g dkkan vatnslit me breium pensli yfir alla punktana. Me essum htti gaf g verkinu verkefni: ,,Myndau stjrnubjartan himin.

Blautir vatnslitirnir askildust og brtt fru bjartar stjrnur a birtast gegnum dkkan himininn. Listaverki framkvmdi verki sjlft og myndai umbena sk. Litirnir hefu geta spurt spurningarinnar: ,,Hef g einhver hrif gjrir mnar? mean myndunin gekk yfir . Jafnvel tt eir starfi sjlfsttt og tkoman s einstk hfu eir engin hrif gang mla hve dsamleg mtsgn.

g rai essa afer r hinni forbonu mlningarblndu sku minnar. n bannsins getur veri a verkin hefu aldrei ori til. Var banni ef til vill tlbeita sem g fylgdi viljalaus. g nefni essi verk mlverk.

tt r finnsku: Silja Johnsdttir












detail of a paintwork



Identical twins, who have been separated as babies, have been investigated. Investigations show, that they have done surprisingly similar decisions in their lives.
This is either caused by same genotype, or they have had unconscious connection with each other. I think same genes are more credible cause.
Then, how much we others are commanded by hereditary factors? (We also could have an identical sibling somewhere, who is making similar decisions as we.)




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