Saimi Suikkanen

Having the Time of My Life

Saimi Suikkanen


Toolbox Kabinett:

Archi Galentz, Berlin


Welcome: Vernissage / Opening: Friday / Freitag  31.01.2020, 7pm

Open on Sunday 02 February, 2019, 2–6pm

Ausstellungsdauer / Exhibition open: 02 –22 February 2020
Öffnungszeiten / Opening hours: Wed–Sa 3–7pm

An Feiertagen ist die Toolbox geschlossen
On Bank holidays Toolbox is closed


Saimi Suikkanen’s exhibition Having the time of my life displays paintings from a series called “Self-portraits at home”. In the series Suikkanen confronts the viewer with painted pictures of herself imitating the aesthetics and lifestyles of women on social media platforms. As opposed to the often perfectly composed photographs on Instagram, her paintings depict the mundanity of ordinary life with cluttered and messy surroundings. Through imitation and repetition Suikkanen brings the absurdity of selfie culture and the obsession in being on display to the forefront. Her detailed and colourful large scale paintings emphasise humour. Through the series Suikkanen explores her own thoughts and preconceptions related to the ideal of womanhood and being on display. Suikkanen’s work is a mirror of what is seen as normal and appropriate behaviour for a young woman today.

Saimi Suikkanen (b.1994) is a Finnish painter who creates images of the contemporary life of a young woman in the age of social media. In her art she examines current viewpoints on the female body, sexuality and gender roles through a series of non-literal self-portraits. She is currently studying her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.

https://saimisuikkanen.com

artwork: Self-portrait drinking (cheap) wine, oil on paper, 135 x 175 cm