Tuomas Ollikainen (b.1982)
is a sculptor and sound artist from Joensuu. He studied sculpture at the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences in Imatra, from where he graduated in 2015. Tuomas is interested in all the methods and materials of sculpture, the potential and challenges they propose. He is also interested in sound and its materiality in space. Contemporary music gives him ideas for his work. Tuomas longs for a collective immersion in visual arts, of the kind that he has experienced among musicians. “The ideas and themes of works are usually created in an instant. The intuition says that there's something there. Themes are usually personal observations or everyday whims that expand to touch upon a more general and broader context.” At the M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art at the Kuopio Art Museum Tuomas Ollikainen will present a sound work that will fill the staircase of the Art Museum. The work is immaterial and cannot be viewed or touched. Despite this, it creates a highly physical experience. It converts the space into another one, with the everyday staircase gaining a new meaning. The work requires surrendering to be carried away with the sound filling the space.
Photos: Harri Heinonen