"I search for the tangible surface between the inner and the observable world by introspection during the painting process. I get ignited when something gets a metaphorical meaning. I bridge the soul and reason within the concept of time. Through imagery, I consider the complexities of these dualities."
From Finland, Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna is a visual artist living and working in Lapland. Originally, she was educated as a ceramicist but nowadays she works mainly as a painter. Her artwork consists mainly of pastel paintings, but also acrylic and installations. Her work has been sponsored by grants from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Regional Office Lapland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Lapland.
In 2016 Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna was invited as the Guest of Honor in the Salon International du Pastel La Rochelle by Société des Pastellistes de France. She has been selected three times (2012, 2015, 2017) to the Pastel Society of America’s (PSA) juried Annual Exhibition, Enduring Brilliance!, in National Arts Club Gallery, New York. All times she has also been awarded and thus she was recognized as a Master Pastellist by PSA in Fall 2017.
Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna has had several solo exhibitions in Finland during last five years and participated in group exhibitions also abroad. She has works in the collections of Rovaniemi City and her painting was published in the book Art Journey Abstract Painting, published by North Light Shop and edited by Jamie Markle. Pirkko is a Signature Member of PSA, member of Finnish Painters’ Union and a member of the Board of Artists’ Association of Lapland.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist