• Beata Joutsen
  • Beata Joutsen
  • Beata Joutsen
  • Beata Joutsen

Beata Joutsen

Avalon

Huuto I 24.7.-16.8.2020

Beata Joutsen
Avalon
24.7. – 16.8.2020

The artist will be at the gallery on 15 and 16 August from 12 pm until 5 pm.

When I started working on the exhibition, I reflected on the primal force of art and what it means to me. At least a journey, an adventure, wondering – miracles!

I chose plaster as my main material as, in its simplicity, it offers me a direct means of expression. The plaster is complemented by color pigments in all their purity, adhering to the surface with the help of egg yolk, which is a method used in traditional icon painting.

The photo on the invitation was taken on the mysterious Susisaari Island, which is part of the Suomenlinna sea fortress in Helsinki, where I took my incomplete sculptures that I worked on during this unusual spring. I was inspired by the island’s unpredictable weather and unique beauty that is at times radiantly exciting. I was familiar with the location as it is where I also created my first landscape painting using oil paints. I was 16 years old and attending a qualifying course of the Academy of Fine Arts. Now I returned to a place of my primal force. This artistic adventure of mine has been enchanted, wonderful and necessary and I felt that no other way was possible.

Working with plaster and models has been an intense process full of spark. At times, I have been so amazed that it has been hard to stay in one piece. The energy level exceeded hundred percent when I started working with the models. My sense of time, hunger and thirst disappeared. I could not stop working because the plaster would harden and I had to get the work done.

The name of the exhibition, Avalon, refers to the mystical power figures and the island of adventures that I want to lead you to. Avalon opens up my journey to the pain in the souls of the power figures. Through the work, the pain offers a way to love, comfort and release.

One of the works, the Red Turtle, was inspired by the shell of a giant turtle, washed ashore on the Comoros. Another source of inspiration was a movie of the same name, a movie that tells about love that is larger than life. It is something that transforms us and something we search for when we want our lives to grow. The deepest love and sharing our existence. Another animal had also washed ashore on the same island. It was about three meters long, thick and spotted and had very big, sharp teeth. Its mouth was enormous and looked dangerous. It represented the dark side of life. The big waves threw me off the rocks into the ocean and then back. The coral reef scratched my back.

When I read The Little Prince to my children, I wonder at the diversity of the world and life. I asked our youngest child, who is seven, what the most important thing is in the world or life. The answer was simple: “Living.” I now invite you all to learn more about my life through my art world. Art “world” because it contains everything, my everything.

I want to thank the Arts Promotion Centre Finland for the COVID-19 grant as well as my family and fellow artists at the studio and elsewhere for their support during this unusual period of uncertainty.

There will be no opening event due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Beata Joutsen
beata.joutsen(a)gmail.com
044 230 8347
www.beatajoutsen.com