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May I? by Tarja Tuupanen

Exhibition  /  26 Oct 2022  -  18 Nov 2022
Published: 10.11.2022
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Intro
When you look at the ready artwork in the exhibition, the amount of work is often a mystery for the viewer. That information is not necessarily relevant at all, even when sometimes art has traditionally earned its rights for existence through effort and technical work.

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Tarja Tuupanen
Tuupanen has travelled hand in hand with the chosen material for so long, that some kind of ease is seen in late works. The stone parts look soft and comfortable.

While decorative motifs change from one exhibited piece to another, the viewer finds oneself in between the field of industrial production and handwork. In recent years Tuupanen has chosen industrially produced stone items to be the base material for her work. The common thing in the artwork is decorativeness. In modern times the attitude towards ornament or decoration might have been a bit intolerant, but Tuupanen takes it into a tight grip. The borders and rules of the material are not seen as limitations, but as possibilities for the making process. The classical atmosphere of marble is present, but warm humour accompanies it. 

The repetition and copying in forms offer confusion, which part is made by the artist and which has been made by the industry? The careful finishing together with small rough details reminds the viewer, that the maker is in control but thoroughly respects the material. Even if the artwork might seem soft and easy, the seriousness of making stands in the background. Stone is hard, even marble, and working with it demands certain discipline. The artist worked with different stones for some years at the time. Longstanding concentration has resulted in a tight relationship with the material. To get to know each used stone type is communication, which constantly feeds the process.
Tarja Tuupanen lives and works in Lappeenranta, Nuijamaa. She makes three-dimensional body-related artwork. The context is contemporary craft and contemporary jewel jewellery. The stone has dominated her practice for over 20 years.
 
Tarja Tuupanen. Necklace: About Ornament XVIII, 2022. Marble, alabaster, string. Biggest stone piece 5.4 x 5.4 x 7.8 cm. Photo by: Lassi Rinno. Tarja Tuupanen
Necklace: About Ornament XVIII, 2022
Marble, alabaster, string
Biggest stone piece 5.4 x 5.4 x 7.8 cm
Photo by: Lassi Rinno
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Tarja Tuupanen. Necklace: About Ornament XIX, 2022. Marble, string. One stone piece 6 x 6 x 11 cm. Photo by: Lassi Rinno. Tarja Tuupanen
Necklace: About Ornament XIX, 2022
Marble, string
One stone piece 6 x 6 x 11 cm
Photo by: Lassi Rinno
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Tarja Tuupanen. Necklace: About Ornament XVI, 2022. Marble, string. Biggest stone 6.2 x 2.6 x 6.2 cm. Photo by: Lassi Rinno. Tarja Tuupanen
Necklace: About Ornament XVI, 2022
Marble, string
Biggest stone 6.2 x 2.6 x 6.2 cm
Photo by: Lassi Rinno
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Tarja Tuupanen. Necklace: About Ornament XXII, 2022. Alabaster, marble, string. Biggest stone 6.7 x 6.7 x 5.5 cm. Photo by: Lassi Rinno. Tarja Tuupanen
Necklace: About Ornament XXII, 2022
Alabaster, marble, string
Biggest stone 6.7 x 6.7 x 5.5 cm
Photo by: Lassi Rinno
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Tarja Tuupanen. Necklace: About Ornament XXIV, 2022. Alabaster, marble, brass, string. stone 28 x 6 x 6 cm. Photo by: Lassi Rinno. Tarja Tuupanen
Necklace: About Ornament XXIV, 2022
Alabaster, marble, brass, string
stone 28 x 6 x 6 cm
Photo by: Lassi Rinno
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Exhibition view by Jukka Kosonen.
Exhibition view by Jukka Kosonen

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Exhibition view by Jukka Kosonen.
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Exhibition view by Jukka Kosonen.
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