Photo Galerie Anhava (c) Jussi Tiainen
Silja Rantanen: Tesserae
Silja Rantanen’s (b. 1955) career is characterised by her willingness to move away from the familiar themes and techniques,
Silja Rantanen’s (b. 1955) career is characterised by her willingness to move away from the familiar themes and techniques, ones that she has employed with great success, in order to find a new perspective, approach, or challenge.
When Rantanen started to use Venetian smalto mosaic in her practice, she was not taking a turn into an obscure path, but rather stepping on a highway that has been paved with mosaic for 6,000 years, leading from Mesopotamia to Greece, via Roman and Byzantine art to Modernism.
The fact that these works are entirely figurative and abstract is also characteristic of Rantanen’s artistic practice.
Rantanen’s works bathe in light and colour, just like the loveliest of paintings. The artist’s precence is obvious, even if there are no brush strokes to be seen.
Silja Rantanen is one of most renowned artists in Finland. She is the recipient of several significant art awards, as well as the Pro Finlandia medal, and she is also Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland.
11.2.-14.3.2021 Tue-Fri 11.00-17.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-16.00