Iida Valkonen (b. 1989)

Iida Valkonen graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016 and a Master of Arts degree from Aalto University, School of Art and Design in 2014. She lives and works in Kuopio. Valkonen’s background is in drawing, which is evident in the designs and material choices of her works of art.

The artwork showcased in the M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art in Mikkeli consists of recycled toy soldiers and figures constructed from natural materials. Plastic toy soldiers interest Valkonen as a material, because they are linked to meanings that leave a mark on the final work of art.

“I remove the figures’ guns and army clothes by carving. The characters become almost unidentifiable; they turn in my hands into surrealist fantasy figures and receive a new shape and meaning.”

The artist’s work of art is exhibited at Mikkeli Art Museum, and the photographs connected to the characters in the artwork are located in the surroundings of the Market Square.


Photos: Harri Heinonen, © Iida Valkonen, Kuvasto ry, Harri Heinonen ja Mikkelin taidemuseo

Bloom, 2021, installation (recycled toy soldiers, natural materials), Mikkeli Art museum

Bloom, 2021, phorograph, Market Square