Puumaalauksia ja sienikirjontoja : Yhtenäisyyden säikeet: Gaian kosmos, 2023: peittokirjonta

Translated title of the contribution: Tree paintings and mushroom embroideries

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproduction


The exhibition at the Navetta Gallery features artworks inspired by nature, ranging from spring trees to autumn mushrooms. The pieces advocate for the beauty of natural surroundings in the province of Lapland.

Riikka Jokiaho shares her thoughts on her paintings: "I observe trees as the seasons change and light shifts. I visit the trees in nearby forests. I am a tree hugger, and trees balance and calm a restless mind." In the painting "Spring in the Sapling Stand," the spring energy flows into the fluffy-topped pine saplings. In the painting "Spruce in Spring," the pale red light of early spring reaches the fell and the top branches of a spruce tree. In the largest painting, a pine tree celebrates spring, blooms, and the wind dances among its branches.

Maria Huhmarniemi's wool embroidery, "The Plan Never Completed," references the Hannukainen iron ore mining plan, which appears to be collapsing due to its risks. Critics of the mining project have pointed out how nature should not be destroyed for the Hannukainen ore deposits.

Lola Cervantes's embroidery portrays a rejection of modernism and a new worldview in which we see ourselves connected to nature and each other, including animals, plants, and fungi, acknowledging the value and significance of nature for the entire web of life.

Artist Riikka Jokiaho lives and works in Äkäslompolo. Cervantes and Huhmarniemi live in Rovaniemi. The embroideries are part of the work of the "Embroidered Stances" art collective and the WoolInnovation project, funded by the European Union, at the University of Lapland.

The exhibition is connected to the activities of Art Äkäslompolo association. Art Äkäslompolo creates art to promote nature protection.
Translated title of the contributionTree paintings and mushroom embroideries
Original languageFinnish
Place of PublicationÄkäslompolo
PublisherART Äkäslompolo
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoEC publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventPuumaalauksia ja sienikirjontoja - Navettagalleria, Äkäslompolo, Finland
Duration: 12 Sept 20231 Dec 2023

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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