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The Finnish Illusion:
Unique Works of Art by
Ilona Cutts, Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram
Dates: February 15 – April 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 6-9pm
The Finnish Illusion, an exhibition of paintings and multimedia work from international Finnish artists Ilona Cutts, Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram will run February 15 – April 28, 2018.
The Finnish Illusion explores feminine imagery through a surreal lens, questioning the essence of human nature. In the collective works of Cutts, Tukiainen and Wolfram a unique global perspective can be found that employs a hint of Finnish wit and sarcasm which turns what was once cute into something cruel.
Ilona Cutts was born in Helsinki, Finland and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Cutts’s paintings center on, anthropomorphic creatures or girl like figures, surrounded by nature or objects of obscure symbolic and ethereal meaning. Influenced by contemporary pop culture, her narrative storytelling is both soothing and harsh, at times disclosing her own personal views on the delicate relationship between man and spirit nature.
Artist Katja Tukiainen of Pori, Finland has a dual intention in her artwork. She wants to make the world a better place, where the girls of her paintings can live their dreams. Tukiainen paints her slogans to change the world and her dreamy places for anyone to step in. No matter the gender, age or political opinion, everyone deserves a peaceful dream.
Painter and installation artist Maria Wolfram lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and Hong Kong. Wolfram looks at the world from a female perspective and likes to challenge and confront the viewer with questions related to exclusion, inclusion, friendship and solidarity. Her work is an attempt to create a dialogue between the surface and the hidden and the public and the private.
Learn more about the artists through their websites: