ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – Tuija Hyytiäinen

I’m Tuija Hyytiäinen, originally from Finland. I live and work in Hamburg, Germany.  I have always been into nature, I love to walk in the forest, on the mountains and swim in the sea. Against that, my artistic work has always been very conceptual. I have been part of an artist group that has made performances and taken political actions. I use my photos for collages and serigraphy prints.

The images below are photos of my work: Glacial Erratics / Hiidenkivet (2016-19) 

Since traveling to the Finnish Lapland in 2016, I have been doing and seeing my artwork differently. In the endless forest of Lapland I discovered magnificent big stones, which could have been ritual places in ancient times.

Since traveling to the Finnish Lapland in 2016, I have been doing and seeing my artwork differently. In the endless forest of Lapland I discovered magnificent big stones, which could have been ritual places in ancient times.

My work changed completely then. Now I see making art as a maybe antagonistic ritual in the digital age. Now I’m painting and drawing mostly rounded shapes. They could be seen as a stone, big or small, or as a cave, as a hut or something very different. It depends on the viewers experience and their imagination.

I am very excited about being in Iceland, because it has a similar culture to these ancient sites.
www.tuija.de