For the past few years I have worked on depicting the essential fragility and transitoriness in humanity and nature. The thought of philosopher Martha Nussbaum has made an indelible impression on me: “it’s based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from that fragility.” This idea has guided my work in both installations and paintings.
Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna is a visual artist who works and resides in Kemijärvi. She is a candidate member in Finnish Painters’ Union, board member of Artists’ Association of Lapland and a member of Pastel Society of America. Mäkelä-Haapalinna’s work has been displayed in numerous solo exhibitions in Finland, and several group exhibitions abroad. Her pastel paintings have received many international awards. Her latest commission is for the city of Rovaniemi.
Vernissage on Tuesday 26.11. at 17.
Image: Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna, Future Belongs to Me, 2019, pastel painting on cardboard, 68 x 78 cm