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.

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.

Her techniques come from traditional craftwork methods but are often closer to conceptual art. In this way, face cloths or crocheted spirals, when viewed from the right distance, can appear to form a portrait of a woman on a wall. Bag fasteners are another everyday element worked into several works. Using digital jacquard weaving, she creates a reflective landscape in her project, Crippled Symmetry, where the scenery changes with movement.

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