Anni Rapinoja (FI)
Anni Rapinoja’s artworks represent very much the typical northern minimalistic expression. In close relation with nature her works from the Wardrobe of Nature-series use forms from the human world such as fashionable shoes, handbags and hats, made entirely out of natural materials. She finds the materials in the landscape around her and implements them in beautiful, fragile objects. Rapinoja sees the lingonberries, reeds, deer and rabbits as co-creators of her art. Her works seem to bear references to American land art, in small scale. Rapinoja considers her involvement in the creation of her art a small part of the cycle of nature. Historically people would use what they could find to make clothes or build houses. The shoes, hats and bags of Rapinoja seem wearable and raise questions on the ideas of beauty and consumption in our society.