Tuuli Meriläinen (b.1992)
graduated from the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences in Imatra in 2015, after which she settled in her home town of Lieksa. Art and painting have been part of her life since childhood. She is inspired by nature, animals and landscapes and painting itself. “I give chance the opportunity to add surprising elements to my works. Even though I consider the motifs to their stage of completion, they will still change when I am painting in the studio and I will be inspired to test other things than what I had planned.” In Tuuli’s paintings, figurative elements from nature combine with sensitive yet dynamic planes of colour. Along with acrylic paints, she works with special paints for visual effects, pigments, stencil-painting and the collage technique. In addition to traditional canvases, she also paints on plywood panels, making use of the texture of wood. The Mi_tä? Biennale of Contemporary Art at the Kuopio Art Museum includes paintings by Tuuli Meriläinen in which she records the stories of time-worn and dilapidated houses and buildings, while commenting on the depopulation of the countryside with a gentle touch of nostalgia.
Photos: Harri Heinonen