Salla Laurinolli is a visual artist and painter (b.1976) based in Hämeenlinna, Southern Finland.
Laurinolli works mainly with oil and acrylic colors in various sizes from the basis of the nature experience in some specific place.

I ́m interested in silence, history and perception. I study how individual concept of nature collides in shared concept of nature through the individual experience.

Lately I ́ve been focusing on historically significant places whose significance does not necessarily accumulate to the spectacular views of the area. Experiencing the place means mostly walking with struggle, sweat and wind or the fear of being lost in the wilderness. Stumbling in difficult terrain draws attention to various obstacles and caverns. Observation shifts closer, under the scenery and starts to grasp the movement that happens in dusk and darkness, where the essence of all life is created.

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HAVE YOU BEEN A PLACE

Salla Laurinolli is a contemporary naturalism oriented painter, whose works originate from a strong sense of significance and harmony. Her starting point for a painting is realistic observation of an actual place, seeing the place as it is. Seeing leads to think there is a clue of some certain purpose to create a painting of a place. At first sight question is about something that seems like a rather modest, realistic painting.

Further on, the landscapes and places in perfect form, there is a disturbing feeling of something missing completely. Something is lacking to make sense to the scenery, even despite the delicate method of painting. With out the presence of humans, the openness and the feeling of emptiness makes wonder, how these variations from the observations create a space to consider alternative realities – like a trip to the ageless places in life – that have always been and always will. Seeing the place is not enough.

Nature, in it ́s so very quiet ways, hides it ́s purpose as the place for being. Traces of light and empty human surroundings distract from noticing the obvious. You are being alone. Earth is a miraculous creation and of unknown origin. Earthly colors act in discrete relation to the form and function. In this context that is something that makes one feel humble, time after time concretely reminding to work also with subtle thoughts. It is so easy to get distracted by the flashing and blinking of the world.

– Ville Laaksonen, 2015