Karavaani/Taidejamit art club
Johannes Cairns
E. Jonasson
Siiri Launis
Janna Lipiäinen
Suvi Marttila
Mia Meri
Otto Pietinen
Maria Pirseyedi
Piia Ylitalo

Siiri Launis

Siiri Launis, 26, student of Arabic and Islamic studies.

I´m Siiri Launis, a 26-year-old university student from Helsinki, and my major subject is Arabic and Islamic Studies. After attending 4 years in Helsinki Senior Secondary School of Visual Arts (2000-2004) I haven´t done anything even remotely related to visual arts. It has mostly been a matter of time and interest. Therefore it has been a great pleasure to find people from our faculty who share the same interest. I´ve found a new spark for arts, and I´ve learned that I don´t have to take art so seriously.

My favorite techniques have been pastels, watercolors and oils. I´ve also liked to mix different techniques. I like to depict humans and subjects from nature. Landscapes are my horror. Usually I have taken some element from nature and played with it. Although these two works are figurative, I´ve also done abstract art. In my earlier years I just liked to draw as realistic as possible and depict my object as three-dimensional as possible, but later I learned to use colors and I learned the beauty of them and also a much more abstract art.

The title of our exhibition - My Orient - really suits my works, because they are personal and from my own perspective. Although I have always been fascinated by Arabic and Islamic art, my theoretical knowledge of them is still very limited. That is why I haven´t used historical art, ornaments or calligraphy as a base in my works. My art reflects only what is inside my mind. As a woman myself I wanted to draw women for this exhibition.

contact: siiri.launis@REmoVEhelsinki.fi

Artwork coming up.