Fanny Tavastila: I could smile for a while
August 2 – August 25, 2013
Welcome to the opening reception in the presence of the artists, Thursday, August 1, 5-7 pm.
The emotionally moving works of Fanny Tavastila (born 1977), on exhibition at Galerie Forsblom, convey the artist's emotions and experiences. These intuitive works simultaneously exude a sense of thrill and melancholic longing.
Tavastila works mainly with oil paints, but also uses pastels, acrylics and other water-soluble paints. She focuses on the formation of surface and contrast: an otherwise intact surface may periodically become punctured, letting paint drip down the fabric. Variation in surfaces types lends the rhythm and depth to the painting, while also injecting a certain degree of gloom in the otherwise seemingly idyllic painting.
The nuances of observation and experience, as well as the details of fleeting moments, comprise Tavastila’s starting points. She latches on to a specific word, rhythm, sound, or music, and portrays the emotions they’ve awoken. Her I could smile for a while exhibition came to be through inspiration by phrases she found in song lyrics and books. Tavastila approached the phrases by suspending them from their greater context, and identifying with the core ideas contained in the isolated phrases. Subjective experiences enlarge upon being painted on the canvas, whereupon one can sense the entire spectrum of emotions contained within the piece.