Art of Nature – Anni Rapinoja
Artist Anni Rapinoja’s (b. 1949) closest colleagues and collaborators are the plants and animals found in the Finnish forest. When she steps out of her studio and into the great outdoors, nature itself provides her with all she needs for her art, but always does so on its own terms. Moose and rabbit droppings, lingonberry leaves, mosses and lichen are given new and unexpected guises in Rapinoja’s delicately rendered works.
In this exhibition Anni Rapinoja turns her attention to the complex relationship between humans and nature. Her works convey her concern for biodiversity, for the climate and for the wellbeing of our waterways and forests. Quiet yet arresting, they speak powerfully in defence of the natural world with a searing relevance and timeliness. The exhibition comprises sculptures, installations and video art.
Originally from Hailuoto Island in the northern Gulf of Bothnia, Anni Rapinoja’s artistic career spans nearly four decades. In that time, the artist has held numerous private and joint exhibitions, both in Finland and internationally, and her works have been acquired for a variety of collections. Anni Rapinoja originally trained as a natural scientist.