Helena Pokkinen is a
Finnish visual artist.
She was born
She has graduated as a BA in
Fine Arts at the
She has also graduated as a textile
of Art and Design. In addition, she has studied art education
composition and woodcut at the
She held her first solo
exhibition in 1995
taken part in group exhibitions in
She lives and works in
describe life phenomena but usually in an abstract or symbolic way.
can see some references from nature in my works. A starting-point is
often something that I find in an environment at one glance. In a later
work, there may be some hue or a constructive idea picked up from that
it happens that a motif subconsciously wells up to my mind either clear
from a source that I don’t even know about. The motif is like a visual
my state of mind, or even word. Even though the starting-point is
that struck me, my working style is slow. The works develop
little, and ideas and unfinished works might wait a long time for
basis of my working is my own development process, which has happened
period of many years. With it many archetypal symbols have became
experiences to me, and I have found my own intuitive path.
the world, there are countless things that fascinate me, for
similarities in the microscopic and macroscopic world. I think that
is some kind of a construction of how everything has been built.
art I feel as a rallying point for the experiences that people get involved
the world year after year. Some of the experiences are such that we can
understand, but about some of them we only have a presentiment. I think
could be like a little window into that invisible world.
DESCRIPTIONS OF MY WORKS
This is made by coal in 2009. The paper
size is 72 x 90cm. I had made a sketch earlier in a small size. This picture was born intuitively without any
object as my works usually.
think if you move yourself from a place to another one, you are not exactly
anywhere. That is the moment when everything is possible to you. Maybe you are
afraid but also excited.
Removal is an event from one place to another, from state to another, maybe from time to another. It can be thought about as a concrete event, but it can also be an alteration of a mental state of mind. Also the shamans traveled to the land of spirits without moving anywhere.
Far away - here
This is the woodcut print made in 2006. It is one of the series ‘Kaukana tässä’. If I translate the name, the words are far away and here. You can think about it in many ways, of course, but if you think you could be in two places at the same time, it might be something strange.
This work is printed with press and by hand. The size of the image is 33 x 50cm. The blocks are birch plywood and have been cut using several tools. The inks are oil-based and the work has seven printing times. It has been printed using transparent colours and you can see the grains of the wood on the sheet.
is the small woodcut that I made 2008. The size is 9 x 10cm. I like to
small woodcuts sometimes. Because of the small size you have to work
nicely: just a little change might cause a big change for result. When
making a mini
print I think that it is like a charm: not like decoration but
a starting point for this work I used an old cutting block. The motif grew
pending stages. There are many layers of colours and both transparent and opaque
colours. The small woodcuts I mostly print by hands. Generally I use Japanese
papers for woodcuts and so for this work, too.