Maria Pääkkönen (Finland) Residency: March 2018
Maria Pääkkönen is a visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She finished her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Arts Helsinki in 2016.
In 2016-2017 she was working in The Netherlands for 15 months as a participant of Jan van Eyck Academie’s residency program. The artist works with drawing, installation and durational drawing performance.
The drawing process itself and the space in which it takes place play a significant part in her work. She explores topics like impermanence, time, memory and nature through her main material, paper and it’s behavior and fragility. The memory-based drawings construct spaces and atmospheres that hover over the imaginary line between material and immaterial worlds.
During her residency period she will explore the surroundings and nature around Studio Kura working both outside in the landscape and inside the studio.