Current Uudenmaankatu
13.9. - 1.10.2017

Noora Nio-Juss: Divided

Noora Nio-Juss
Galleria Huuto Uudenmaankatu

The exhibition consists of two series. The Divided series is based on a photograph I took of my son. The big goalkeeper gloves cover his little face. I was fascinated by the thought that by protecting your face you can hide from everything unpleasant around you. On one side of the covering gloves is you and the entire world is on the other side. Through repetition the works gradually took almost an abstract form. The hands painted last perhaps mainly resemble flippers, flowers or palm trees. I began painting in detail and with bright colors but always the works ended up being dark. The works in the Dream series were created after the Divided series. I tried to imagine what I would see through my fingers. What kind of light and color would I let through them.

During the past few years, I have been working with printmaking. Especially woodcuts and monotyping have had a major impact on the works in this exhibition. I have taken a break from painting and have since noticed how the creation of an image and surface has changed. When working with printmaking I love the even, large, clean color surfaces and colors. When painting, I enjoy the immediate results and intuitiveness.

Helsinki-based artist Noora Nio-Juss (b. 1976) earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts (University of the Arts Helsinki). She has had several solo exhibitions and taken part in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, including solo exhibitions at TM-Galleria, Galleria Huuto, Porvoo Art Hall, ARTag Gallery, Project Room, Draakon Gallery and Galleria Katariina and group exhibitions at Galerie Toolbox, Katajainen kansa – Taidetta purkutalossa, XIX Mänttä Art Festival, Young Artists 2009 and Young Artists 2006. The artist’s works are included in the collections of many art museums and foundations, including the Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki Art Museum, Paulo Foundation, Town of Mänttä and Tampere Art Museum. She is a member of the Finnish Painters’ Union.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Further information:
Noora Nio-Juss
Tel. +358 50 303 1968