Tuula Närhinen

12.–15.4.2018 SUPERMARKET- Art Fair2018, Stockholm, Sweden

Shaving in East Iceland – portraits and landscapes (inkjet prints 61x35, sheep wool), 2017
In April 2017 I had the chance to work as artist in residency at the Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Seydisfjördur, Iceland. I lived in a tiny house that was the home of the renowned Icelandic conceptual artist Birgir Andrésson (1955–2007). Walking outside over the hills of the fjord, I came across bits and pieces of wool shed by pasturing sheep. Inspired by a photograph of the bearded face of Andrésson staring at me from the living room wall, I decided to gather pieces of wool and use it to grow beard and mustache. The resulting series of self-portraits enabled me to blend within the local landscape and to connect with the legacy of its hairy genius loci.

16.11.2017–8.4.2018 Turku Biennial - group exhibition, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku, Finland