Taru Happonen (b.1989, FI) is a visual artist living and working in Helsinki.
Currently finishing her MFA studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki.
2022, Solo exhibition, Gallery Forum Box, Helsinki
2021, Dandelion, group exhibition, Delphian Gallery, Basel
2021, Top 100, group exhibition, The Auction Collective, London
2021, MFA Degree Show of the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki
2020, Solo exhibition, Gallery Huuto, Helsinki
Works included in HUS (Helsinki University Hospital) collection and private collections in Finland and United Kingdom.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
In recent years, my work has been based on wondering about the environment and organisms as seen for the first time, without a human perspective. I imagine something arriving to Earth and studying the environment and organisms with great interest. Human does not stand out from the rest of nature, but appears only as one of the other organisms.
In my artistic expression, I give clues with figurative elements that I break down as unrecognizable. I work mainly with paintings, but I also do works on paper. I might draw the same drawing dozens of times before I’m happy with the end result. In the "Introduced Species" series, I’ve drawn parts of the human body and insects.
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