Maria Kiialainen

Published: 09.09.2021


5 new pieces of work created from 2018-2020 are updated in the profile.
Maria Kiialainen Maria Kiialainen

Maria Kiialainen was born in 1989 in Helsinki, Finland. Graduated from the jewelry department in 2020 from Burg Giebichenstein Art university in Halle, Germany, under the guidance of Professors Daniel Kruger, Nanna Melland and Hans Stofer. In her artistic practice, she explores themes of nature, creating objects that tell a story.  Since 2016 she has taken part in exhibitions internationally. Maria's work has been selected to Talente 2020 and BKV-Preis 2021.


So often we see just a little part of it all, so much is hidden and stays invisible. From microcosms until macrocosm, inside or outside, fast or slow, things that can’t be seen with bare eyes, grow an urge in me to magnify. Small things become big, invisible becomes visible, unreachable becomes reachable, will the insignificant becomes significant or frightening rather comforting?
Coexisting with nature is a central theme for me. I want to raise questions about our role in nature, how substantial is the invisible rhizome of nature and how we are connected to it? Creating jewelry is a way to portray stories, creatures of nature become actors of my play. Through personifying I seek an accessible approach to relay to scientific themes as well as translating my emotions.

Like an alchemist, I explore the properties and reactions of the materials I use. I compose my working recipes through experimentation. It gives me great pleasure to work with metal, to solve the puzzle of folding sheet metal, or to use the power of the hammer to create volumes and shapes. But the objects I create only come to life after an enameling process, this is where the magic happens, the glass melts over the metal and the object takes on its character and beauty flaw. 

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Exhibition  26 Sep 2021 - 06 Oct 2021  Shape of Nature 2021. Selected artist list announced.
Meeting  16 Sep 2021 - 20 Nov 2021  Cold Sweat, First Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial 2021.
Award giving  23 Apr 2021 - 15 May 2021  BKV Prize 2021 Winners.
Exhibition  12 Nov 2015 - 03 Jan 2016  Where it All Begins.

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Book:  Where it all begins. Jewellery Class University of Art and Design HalleJewellery Class University of Art and Design Halle:  Halle,  2015