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Leena Räsänen – Glimpses of Joy

Leena Räsänen, Iloja Ilmaan

The exhibition is inspired by fairy lights, fireworks and sparkling christmas decorations. There are paintings based on my observations and my memories about my home city Helsinki during winter on show. I visualize the dark time of the year, its habits and its atmosphere: How streets, windows and balconies are decorated with lights to bring joy to the darkness. How homes are warm and bright, while it sleets horizontally outside. How christmas lights and glowing advertizements light up the shopping malls. And how a year changes while lights are fired to the sky.

Leena Räsänen (born 1991 in Kuopio, Finland) is a visual artist who lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated from the Free Art School in 2015. She is a member of Helsinki Artists’ Association and an aspirant member of Finnish Painters’ Union. She has had solo exhibitions in Finland and in Germany. The last one was in Gallery Aarni, Espoo. She has also participated in group exhibitions, for example a juried exhibition of Helsinki Artists’ Association in Gallery Katariina, Helsinki.