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Liisa Harju


Artist of the Month

Korundi House of Culture, Rovaniemi

Tuesday-Sunday at 11-18

I have always been fascinated by visual arts. It is natural for me to express myself by drawing and painting. I find it most productive when I have the experience of discussing with myself while painting.  

Different styles, techniques, and motives give me inspiration to experiment. Art history and nature are the most important themes. Aquarelle, acrylic and oil paints, and pastels have been my primary techniques.

A continual theme in my paintings is immigration—being and living on foreign soil. I have personally experienced long-term immigration while moving to southern Sweden from northern Finland at the end of the 1960s as a part of the vast wave of emigration. I experienced the feeling of otherness and detachment connected with immigration, and this is why I felt the atmosphere in the immigrant suburbs in Berlin so strongly. By painting, I processed my past immigration and feeling of otherness—the longing for being a part of the population.    

I'm quite certain that being an immigrant leaves a permanent stamp and feeling of otherness in a person. The Turkish women I met in Berlin reminded me of my own experience of immigration.