Lokal Creators / Outi Martikainen

Outi Martikainen is a classically trained textile artist. Her works are influenced by craftworks and the practice of observation, which is so central to art. A distinctive feature of her work is the recording of small perceptions and memories in a concrete form, whether that’s individual works composed of minor details or larger installations made up of big panels. Martikainen often finds her materials in everyday life and gives them a new purpose. We visited her studio in Helsinki to take a closer look at her unique materials and methods behind her pieces, which we have exhibited as part of several exhibitions since our founding years.

Lokal Creators / Outi Martikainen

Outi Martikainen is a classically trained textile artist. Her works are influenced by craftworks and the practice of observation, which is so central to art. A distinctive feature of her work is the recording of small perceptions and memories in a concrete form, whether that’s individual works composed of minor details or larger installations made up of big panels. Martikainen often finds her materials in everyday life and gives them a new purpose. We visited her studio in Helsinki to take a closer look at her unique materials and methods behind her pieces, which we have exhibited as part of several exhibitions since our founding years.

“Depending on the (carpet) weaver, there will be some unevenness in the edges, or even in the patterns there might a mistake. But they are left there, because human beings are not perfect. And that can be accepted. When I make my own work, I like that too, not to mind the borders. I want it to be visible that I have made each one of them. There the string pulled a little tight – oops, doesn’t matter. And there it went a bit loose – alright, that doesn’t matter either. That does not effect the image. If someone is looking at the edges, they are looking at the wrong piece.” – Outi Martikainen

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