July 26, 2008

when it's cold outside...

... and you said that you were thinking of me when you bought these "thermopads", because they would keep my (usually cold) hands warm, when you weren't here to warm them up. sweet!

"Che gelida manina,
se la lasci riscaldar.
Cercar che giova?
Al buio non si trova."

[la bohème, puccini]

July 23, 2008


... shiny, in different sizes building a track along the promenade by the sea in Helsinki.
I thought, it was a nice way to photograph my friend and I reflected on the shine metallic  surface of the sphere.

July 20, 2008

signs grove

like many other things, as soon as you take them off theirs context, become something else. they tell you some other stories, wake your fantasy up. they can even become a work of art as for instance, Duchamp's "ready-made"

["The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. " m. duchamp]

i found these signs by the sea in Helsinki.

July 18, 2008

a chair

... it reminded me a cathedral,
probably a little bit clumsy, but it had the attraction of a thing that wakes your fantasy up.
It's more than a chair that you can actually sit on, well your kids...I had to take a picture of it because it was for me an example of art expressed through a recognizably shape but not for being used.
(seeing at kiasma's restaurant in helsinki)

July 15, 2008

the ability to think in a different way

I've just heard this line while seeing a film and I
think that this is what a designer have to have in order
to create new things, to get further limits and trends.
because as soon as trends become recognized and
everybody follows them, they are on their way out, 
they have become old.

in order to be capable to create things that last longer, you need to
put your self outside the boundaries and work crossover disciplines,
because the design principles are the same independent on 
what you are designing.

the greatest thing you can create is the one that can be
perceived as timeless and therefore always contemporary.

(photo: kalle åkesson, 1994. a ceramic bowl with printed
pattern: botvid & fredés)

July 11, 2008

looking at kiasma

[the term chiasma comes from the Greek χίασμα, which is related to the Greek letter Χ and means "crossing"]

finish design in the lavatory

oil painting by sami lukkarinen
(kiasma—the museum for contemporary art in helsinki)
some of my impressions...july 11, 2008
"beauty is on its way back into contemporary art." milla unkila.

July 3, 2008


I was checking the older pictures I have done the last 18 years and i found one from 1993 when I was studying in Copenhagen and we didn't have the same access to computers as now. I worked then pretty much with layered images partially made with a computer and then printed out on transparent papers. I took photographs of my drawings and paintings and then worked by hand, each layer to get the effect of transparency and the special feeling of blur and vanish.

I was mostly trying to put on paper the feeling of being an outsider and a foreigner, what ever I went and was. The feeling of not-belonging nowhere and just being an spectator while life's passing by.

how does it look?

I have been working with images for an exhibition that only exists in the digital world and in my imagination for quite a while till now. I think images and forms and colors almost every minute of the day and despite of my moods, the images I create become calm and quite. They have the beauty of a non-existing G-force. But, once again, I had everything digital and I needed to see if they work on canvas or paper and on a wall;
here you see the result.