Maiju Hukkanen: Days following the rhythm of daydreams

Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8, 00100 Helsinki
Tennis Palace Art Museum

These pictures are observations of two separate but intertwined lives.

These pictures are observations of two separate but intertwined lives. Of two kinds of loneliness and longing for closeness. Of days following the rhythm of daydreams. An animal and a human being. One forced to stay inside their limited environment and the other one choosing to do so.

My drawings show an animal in the middle of spaces made for humans. I have attempted to study the interface at which an animal realises itself in flat, hard and closed environments made for us. There is always some kind of an obstacle through, between or under which the external, less organised world is shown.

Putting oneself in the position of members of other species is difficult for people, but the need to understand and mirror oneself against them persists. Animals can adapt to a human environment, but how do they experience their limited freedom?

Maiju Hukkanen (b. 1985) is a visual artist living in Helsinki. Her charcoal and crayon drawings often depict different worlds that tend to remain unseen. In recent years, she has been interested in challenging the anthropocentric perspective, our relationships with other species and the area between the abstract and the depictive. Using drawing as her medium enables her to form the idea behind a picture slowly as part of the process.

She has received support from Arts Promotion Centre Finland.