Jonna Pohjalainen

Giant Pencils by Jonna Pohjalainen

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"My interests are people, irlands, lights, colours, see, sky and stones. Mostly the place show the direction of my art peace. It can be painting, installation or environmental art piece.Environmental art is a concrete way of raise up the values of the area, to see ones own environment in a new way and get interested in influencing it."

Visual artist Jonna Pohjalainen lives and works in Oulunkylä, Helsinki.
She has studied in Free Art School, Helsinki during the years 1987-1988 and graduated from Art School Maa, Helsinki in 1993 and Masters of Environmental Art programme in University of Art and Design Helsinki 2007.

Pohjalainen´s works were shown for the first time during the art school years in 1990.
After that her works has been shown in several group exhibitions for example in The Young Artists' Exhibition in Helsinki Kunsthalle 1992 and 1993, The Spirit of Earth in Helsinki Kunsthalle 1993 and The Silence of Earth in the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku 1996.

Her first solo show was in Gallery Andorra, Helsinki1994. Her latest solo shows has been in Taidesalonki, Helsinki 2001, Ars Populus in Hyvinkää Art Museum 2001 and Lähi-Ö in the Gallery Stoa, Helsinki 2002.

Her works has also been shown in solo and group exhibitions abroad for example in Italy, Germany and USA. In 1995 and 1996 she was invited with the "Tallinna Group" to the architecture workshop Ristmik in Tarto, Estonia and in 2001 she took part in Finnish Painters' Union's Finnish-Hungarian Artist Symposium in Hungary.

Pohjalainen also works with installations, environmental and community art projects and performance. Here are mentioned performances Under The Same Sky in the Turku Cathedral 1995 and Lunch in Myllypuro, Helsinki 1999, community art projects Giverny In The City: Home Art Laboratory in Myllypuro, Helsinki 2000-2001, The Circles of Light in Myllypuro 2003-2005 and Between The Bridges in Jämsä 2005 in which she took part as an invited artist.
She has also taken part in several environmental art exhibitions the latest of which was Environmental Art workshop of the Open Air Art Museum in Pedvale.

Pohjalainen has worked as an urban artist of Helsinki Citie's Urban Project during the years 1996-2000 and as a community artist during the years 2001-2006.
During her years as an urban and community artist she has produced many environmental and community art projects in the Eastern Helsinki and given lectures about community art for example in Helsinki, Turku and Oulu. She has also been teaching art since 1996 for example in Art School Maa (1996-2000).