Artists have been graduating from Kankaanpää for over 50 years. The campus employs around a dozen visual arts professors, project workers, and part-time teachers. Tomas Regan started teaching the graphic arts in Kankaanpää in early 2020.
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Students of Fine Arts were just about to start their Graphic Arts workshop course when the limitations set by the coronavirus pandemic began. Senior Lecturer Tomas Regan had to change the course quickly to an online implementation.
Familiar and unfamiliar faces, locations all around Finland and strikingly distinctive features of Finnishness intertwined with mythological imagery – this is what Italian artist Enrico Mazzone presents us at the Pori Campus art hall until 26 March 2020.
By using my illustrative style, I portray and process the entities of my personal world through fictional creatures and events. Earlier I was afraid of my method being somehow lousy but carrying out my thesis made me understand that it is, to say the least, interesting. You can return to the work of art again, and find something that you didn´t see the first time, writes Jenni Välikangas, who graduated from SAMK with a Bachelor´s degree in Culture and Arts in summer 2019.
– I´m an experimenter as an artist, and all kinds of new ways of making art interest me. Even though I´m mainly a sculptress, I don´t want to create too strict limits for my art. I move smoothly from sculpture to painting, which can give me an idea for video art etc, writes Merja Hautamäki.
– Besides giving vent to my thoughts, I resurrect my own inner world with art and describe things I simply find fascinating and beautiful. I’m influenced, for example, by nature, mythologies and supernaturalism, and I favour earthy dark colours, Laura Solkio writes.
– My way of working is expressive, in between abstract and performing art. When I start a new piece of work, I use a pen to create a kind of form, from which I begin to build a whole. My motives concern mainly people and their appearances. I follow their gestures and behaviours in different situations, Markus Vaattovaara writes.
– I am interested in graphic arts because of their technicality and versatility. The boundless opportunities of the art form keep on amazing me. I don’t mind feeling like a little scientist when playing with the different techniques of graphic arts. At the moment I am enjoying picturing topics related to medicine, writes Ottilia Roos, who graduated as a visual artist from SAMK in June 2019.
– Every now and again I make the mistake of taking myself very seriously – that happened again while doing my artistic Bachelor´s thesis. Understandable, of course, as I am about to graduate and have to show the institutions and the world what I´m capable of, writes Viljami Nissi.
My works of art are abstract paintings and their idea is to express nothing. Painting nothingness often raises the question that if I paint nothingness why not leave the entire painting empty, writes Jukka Nokua, who graduated from SAMK with a Bachelor´s degree in Culture and Arts in summer 2018.