Monthly image: Empty Heads by Miikka Vettenranta
– I feel I’ve succeeded when my work provokes feelings and emotions, positive or negative. Indifference is the worst kind of criticism, says stone artisan and artist Miikka Vettenranta. His love for stone and his interest in combining different materials can be seen in his works of art.
Miikka Vettenranta: Empty Heads, 2018. Stainless steel, Kuru gray granite
My background as an artisan shines strongly through in my works of art. I have a stone artisan´s education and years of working in the field leaves its own mark on my work. After graduating as an artist last spring, I returned back to my roots and to the material I know, and at the moment I work as an entrepreneur in the stone sector. I believe this was a good solution in many ways, as my main material in art is natural stone, and now my workspace is suitable for this purpose.
Learning how the materials act and how to combine them has interested me lately. Bringing so-called hard materials in a functional, dynamic sculpture ensemble has set its own challenges and enabled learning previously unknown working methods.
In my art, I leave the spectator room for making his/her own interpretations about the meaning of the work and do not want to guide the spectator to a certain direction. Underneath the polished surface lies the real nature of the work of art, which opens up at a personal level for everyone in a slightly different manner. Suitable provocation is an efficient means of arousing an interpretation that rises from the spectator´s own world view. At its best this calls the spectator to study the work more in detail, at its worst to close the eyes. I feel I´ve succeeded when my work provokes feelings and emotions, positive or negative. Indifference is the worst kind of criticism.
Each work gives you valuable experience, which develops the skill of solving crucial problems
My working method itself is inclined towards perfectionism, and I often notice that I´ll have to discard some of the things I´ve envisioned purely because of time schedules. There are countless methods of treating the materials, with which you can affect the final result almost endlessly. This again brings forward challenges, as I feel some design phase solutions made during the process itself need to be modified. Each work gives you valuable experience, which develops the skill of solving crucial problems. Perception that the process lives continuously as the work proceeds, encourages to trust in the changes made.
Miikka Vettenranta was born in Loimaa in 1990. He graduated from the Degree Programme in Fine Arts in June 2018.
email: miikkavettenranta(a)gmail.com, tel. 045 854 8085