Eight paintings by Finnish artist Aleksandra Mallet, currently living in Merida, are featured in “Háblame con Poesía” (“Talk to Me with Poetry”) at Garcia Gineres’ Libreria Ancona MT. A reception for the artist is 8-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.
The works presented in this exhibition are inspired by words and letters or a visual interpretation of the letter as the ultimate tool to generate joy or destruction and chaos.
Aleksandra Mallet (previously Kahakopi) was born and raised in Helsinki in 1984.
She studied at the Pekka Halonen school of Fine Arts and then worked as a gallerist and a curator starting 2009 in Gallery Ateljeejee while exhibiting in Finland, Berlin, France and Mexico.
She is also part of artist event group Helsinki Underground Arts and Bridge Helsinki.
After several residences in Berlin, Mexico City and Helsinki she currently resides in Merida, where her work has been inspired by Yucatan and the colorful Mayan culture, while still drawing from her arctic origins. While the color blue has often been present lately reflecting the Mayan culture embracing her life, her former pieces created in Mexico city used a lot of ultraviolet and dark hues, representing the lively and colorful women of Mexico City.
The recurring theme in her work is nature having grown up in Finland with its majestic forests and finding peace in its presence, a longing for natural spaces and serenity.
“Nature is necessary for me in able to be happy and calm. In nature I feel that i can breathe, think and use my full creative potential. Without nature i feel trapped and irritated. Perhaps it is the fact that I have been born in Finland, and growing up close to nature and forests, is the reason why I feel comfortable in nature.”
She mainly use acrylic and oil paint but lately also ultraviolet colors for more pigment, producing colorful contemporary and modern art, influenced by street art.
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