Portraits of Change

I am of an observant nature and interested in the miracle of life. The mystery of our existence is a riddle that I study from different angles in my works. My passion is to tell stories about people and the challenges of being a human, in figures, stylized shapes or abstract forms. Shapes and dimensions are my starting point when I begin to plan a new piece of art.

My main material is clay. It is versatile and fascinating in its plasticity, and challenges me to do meditative work. At the same time it has a strong will, which demands method, and to allow time for the process. Large pieces require patience as well as techical and physical investment, but at their best they may also foster expressivity.

Portraits of Change are large sculptures that anticipate or express maturing and change. They feature an alliance of fragility and power.

— Päivi Rintaniemi