The Finnish Illusion Project 2018
A personal goal I had had for some years back when I was still living in Mexico was to organize a group Show with other Finnish artists abroad. So after 2yrs of living in the USA, in 2018 I began working on this dream I had. At first I was unsure who the other artists would be but I had my mind set on wanting it to be a dinamic female trio. After some consideration and searching I was happy to get two fabulous Finnish artists; Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram on board and together we became “The Finnish Illusion”.
The whole project took about 8 months of work and my wish was to make it into a traveling exhibition. The first exhibition venue that kindly agreed to showcasing our work was the amazing Spruill Art Gallery in Dunwoody, Atlanta. Spruill Art Gallery. It was built in 1867 and is one of the very few original building from that era in Dunwoody, Atlanta. It proved to be the perfect space to bring forth our artistic vision and our dream of “The Finnish Illusion”. They gave us the freedom to create anything we wanted in their incredible exhibition space, with artistic liberty to paint and draw straight onto their walls. I simply fell in love with this old Historic building.
Katja, Maria and I worked at Spruill Art Gallery making wall paintings and installations for two weeks prior to the Opening. We had great fun getting to know each other and working as a team. We were very fortunate to receive funding for this arduous project from the Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (Finnish Cultural Foundation), Taiteen edistämiskeskus (Arts Promotion Center of Finland) and the Finnish Embassy in Washington D.C. Without their help it would not have been possible. The exhibition was well received in Atlanta and we had a very large turn out at the Opening night. It was also recognized in Finland as we then received an invitation from the Finnish Embassy in Washington D.C to take our “traveling show” next to Washington D.C! Needless to say we were thrilled. The exhibition at Spruill Gallery lasted for about 2 months, while Katja and Maria travelled back to Finland to their homes and then back again to Washington D.C in the fall of the same year for our next show. We met again in Washington D.C and had another incredible experience at the ultra modern Finnish Embassy space.
A catalogue of our exhibition was produced in English and Finnish with the writing of Finnish Art critic, Pessi Rautio.
We were hoping for a third exhibition opportunity to arise after this but due to the lack of funding our traveling show came to a hault. We hope to get together again and perhaps continue with an exhibition invitation opportunity to exhibit in another city or another country. The “Finnish Illusion” continues!
Below are images from our individual gallery rooms. Ilona’s, Katja’s and Maria’s rooms respectively and our gallery hall at the end.