Monthly image: His highness by Hanna Joronen
"I don’t usually open my work thoroughly, because I think people should create their own interpretations. I like to listen to their different ideas about my work", writes Hanna Joronen in the series of Monthly images by SAMK's fine arts students and alumni.
Hanna Joronen: His highness, 74x100cm, acryl on a canvas, 2016
My work is characterized by dwelling on a motif and approaching it from different perspectives. When I have finished with one motif, I naturally move to the next one. I’m painting lions now.
Usually inspiration for my work is stimulated by small things, e.g. by a desire to paint the lion’s thick mane or to use strong colours. These desires grow into an overwhelming necessity to find out everything about the topic. A simple motif develops into deeper meanings. The motif lingers in my mind until it becomes exhausted.
At the moment, I am fascinated by the lion in many ways. First of all, there is an aesthetic aspect which has made me want to paint a lion for a long time. Secondly, there is a symbolic aspect which involves strength and supremacy. The lion symbolizes a lot of things in the Bible, too. Tensions and narratives can be created by using different figures.
I don’t usually open my work thoroughly, because I think people should create their own interpretations. I like to listen to their different ideas about my work.
I use both acryl and oil paints. My present style is slow and, therefore, I use oil paints more often than acryl paints. Earlier, I used to splash paint in order to create landscapes quickly. In general, I am a fast painter and I paint several paintings at the same time. However, I have now started to work in a more patient and process-like way. During the past year, I have moved from painting landscapes into painting living figures.
Hanna Joronen (born 1983 in Parikkala) is going to graduate from Kankaanpää Art School in spring 2017.