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Photo: Elina Vinberg-Ollikainen

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Photo: Elina Vinberg-Ollikainen

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Elina Vinberg-Ollikainen
ART EDUCATION
1974, FINLAND

DAILY LAUNDRY – ON BEING A MOTHER, WOMAN AND CHILD
Statement
The goal of Elina Vinberg-Ollikainen’s work was to bring back art as part of life. Art had been lost under everyday activities and routines. Her work comprises an exhibition at UIAH in 25 Nov – 14 Dec 2006 and a written element. She has photographed her life as a full-time mother. The motifs include her yard, her ever-changing home, and domestic items. The visual processing of her own life led her to explore her own childhood and the child’s perspective. She found her childhood drawings and photos in family albums and started to reminisce. Her work is simultaneously an artistic production by a visual artist and an identity work by an art educator.  Through artistic means, it comments on life exploration, the connection between art and play, children’s drawings, and the relationship of an individual to her environment.

Biography
Graduating from the Department of Art Education, Elina Vinberg-Ollikainen has worked as an artist and taught art before studying at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. She studied art at the Imatra Art School and education at the Lahti Institute of Design. Her work ranges from large airy sculptures to small oil paintings. Through her children, she has discovered a playful approach to her art, which is evident in both her choice of materials and the motifs she chooses. She is interested in autobiographical artistic work and is convinced of the power of art in internal and interpersonal dialogue.
Contact information
+358 40 777 4766
evinberg(at)uiah.fi
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