Katja Härkki

Katja Härkki

Katja Härkki (born 1969, Helsinki) is a visual artist and painter living and working in Lahti, Finland. He graduated as a designer and Master of Arts in 1997 from Helsinki University of Art and Design Helsinki and also she graduated from the Lahti Institute of Art in 2014 as a painter. Härkki's works are mainly oil and acrylic paintings. In it, he deals with the relationship of man to nature and his history, human relations, and the sensory experience and perceptions of man. Her paintings are based on expressive brush strokes and thick paint. They comment on the world around them by making it visible to the viewer to perceive, feel and experience. In addition, they can help us strengthen our relationship with nature and ourselves.
My art explores what it is to be a woman and my identity here and now, in universal time. It is a game, a process. My paintings explore the dialogue between form and content. The paint I use in my work becomes the subject itself. The colours that glow on the skin dance with an erotic charge. The potential for decadence is shown in the positioning of women's bodies, in broken brush strokes, and feelings of emptiness, transience and joy.
My paintings are condensed situations, intimate stagings. They include dreamlike, chance moments, like memories in time. In them, time and place overlap one another, simultaneously hiding and revealing. My paintings are not set in reality, but instead relate to my desires. I want to understand my world and myself through my painting process. Only the journey to my own mind and turning the images it reflects into more concrete, visual presentations can help me on my way.

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