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Saturday, October 13, 2018

In and Beyond Paintings

These are the two paintings we made recently together for the 150th anniversary of Kittilä. Using local scenes and motives the paintings bend towards a deeper reading, one of a more universal character. These two complementary paintings reflect two essential spiritual qualities.

The first painting depicts through fractured, ligneous marks and gestures the final strides of a figure stepping out of concealment into a luminous unknown. The underlying quality of this work is that of a willingness to go beyond, to discover and see by ourselves, to leave behind obsolete beliefs and stagnant world views. It affirms the courage of being honest with oneself, both in what we already maintain as certain and as we glimpse into the vast realm of what we don’t know. It speaks about an enquiry to be undertaken at some point, if not continually, by each of us: what does deep inside of us resonate as true and has real value?

The prevalent quality in the second painting in turn, refers to the uncompromising resolve to be and move in the world from a place of kindness, friendliness, empathy and compassion, despite any circumstance, towards oneself and others. The work proposes an on-going embrace, with that same unconditional care a mother profess for her young baby, extended across
all the width of this moment. The figure in the painting reminds us of the possibility to remain sensitive, at ease with our vulnerability, open-hearted within the ebbs and flows of our daily walk through the marketsquare.

Different spiritual traditions refer to these paired spiritual qualities under different names such as ‘wisdom and compassion’, ‘truth and love’, ‘higher intellectual centre and higher heart centre’, ‘mental and emotional balance’… the list goes on. They may also be broadly understood as the female and male principles or energies present in each of us.



Raisa Raekallio & MIsha del Val 'Willingness to See', oil on linen, 105 x 125 cm, 2018

Raisa Raekallio & MIsha del Val 'Nourishing', oil on linen, 135 x 115 cm, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Echoes from the North

'Echoes from the North' is an exhibition featuring a selection of artists from the Artist Association of Lapland / Lapin Taiteilijaseura.



Saturday, June 30, 2018

Espacio Marzana 15.6 - 30.7

Thank you everyone who was there last Friday celebrating with us!
Our exhibition at Espacio Marzana continues until 30.7















Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Performance 'Nervión-Ounasjoki'

Espacio Marzana, Bilbao 22.6.18

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MENÚ

*El negocio del soñar es parecido en todos lados.

*Las cosas para lo que son: la cabeza para hacer puentes y la voluntad para rendirse.

*El Ministerio de la Celebración.

*Hallando la vulnerabilidad del mundo.

*Escucha.

*El temblor que nos derrite: el Triunfo de la Vida Para Siempre.








Sunday, May 27, 2018

15.6 Bilbao. Save the date!

Salí a dar un paseo. El día era luminoso y fresco. El bosque a estas alturas del año va recuperando su olor a bosque y la nieve va convirtiéndose en un recuerdo cada vez más transparente. Esa mañana, la de mi salida, me movía el afán de lo otro. Caminaba hechizado por horizontes de hojalata, por tintas granujas y por promesas de un carrusel con luces de ciudad.

El verde naciente del bosque alentaba mi paso. Agraciado por vientos propicios de los que gozamos únicamente los sandios, me planté de unas zancadas en la cara adversa del mundo. Allí entre las jacarandas y los ficus durante cinco años y medio, alquilé mi libertad de náufrago. Conocí el arte de sentarme y expuse la piel al misterio del juego del cricket.

Poco a poco el sol iniciaba su inevitable descenso. El cuerpo se fue acostumbrando a la postura del viaje y, a pesar de nuestros profundos afectos, se nos derrumbó la noción de casa. Comencé a notar que el paisaje me resultaba conocido y extraño a la vez. Caí en la cuenta de que andaba en círculos y finalmente de que me había perdido. Fue entonces cuando me di de morros con mi Norte.

Apenas recuerdo vagamente cómo fue que nos encontramos la primera vez -pues nos habíamos visto muchas veces antes. Recuerdo que al mirarnos a los ojos comprendimos que no sabíamos nada y por eso forjamos el compromiso de caminar juntos. Ocurrió, como muchas otras cosas buenas, en sauna. Decidimos compartir el paseo, desayunos copiosos, la madera de nuestras monedas y tirones de almohada. Y ya que ambos estábamos en lo mismo, nos pusimos a contar con barro la historia de lo divino.

Así que hoy regresamos juntos los tres. Regresamos respondiendo al silbido amigo. Traemos el murmur de los árboles, migas de fiestas de cumpleaños, un cesto de mimbre lleno de cosas intocables, folios interminables de apología del jugar, aventures cósmicas vividas desde dentro, desde todos lados, caperuzones colorados muertos de risa, racimos de perspectivas incandescentes y el temblor que nos derrite: el triunfo de la vida para siempre.

Lo que partió ya no se encuentra y los que hemos regresado lo hacemos con la certeza de no haber partido jamás. ¿Es el viaje que nos llevó el mismo que nos encuentra hoy aquí en pleno carnaval en el regazo de tu costa, tierra amiga?



Wednesday, May 2, 2018

'Not Very Sure if We Did It, but We Take Full Blame and Credit for It'

Presenting this Saturday at Kemi Art Museum our new performance piece 'Not Very Sure if We Did It, but We Take Full Blame and Credit for It'. In this work we respond to some of the questions commonly addressed to us about how we paint together, however we do so from and within the context of performance art. The performance borders the absurdity and the capacity to be reflective; a hazy middle ground between a gentle laugh and a journey to the most fundamental human questions.




Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Berrypicker






































'The Berrypicker'
Oil on linen, 70 x 60 cm, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

We are back in the studio. Yesterday we started two new paintings, bearing in mind our neighbouring magical scenery, quietly buzzing, extending away from our skin, and yet so integrally part of us.






Monday, March 19, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Our exhibition at Kemi Art Museum opens this week.



Thursday, March 8, 2018

Workshop

Today we offered a drawing workshop to a group of people from Helsinki, who came to visit our studio as part of a HaliPuu program.


The workshop offered participants the opportunity to open up to that mysterious place, which Raisa and I hope to make our paintings from. In a sense, the activity was designed to encourage drawing and creativity, not TO but FROM, a certain place within.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

"Kauheat Syntymäpäivät" oil on linen, 50 x 60 cm.
For our upcoming exhibition "Dialogues on Trees and Humans" at Kemin taidemuseo next month.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Working in the studio this evening.
Photo by Josequejose.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The process of collaborating, that is, of both being engaged in the creative becoming of the works, making decisions, exchanging observations, sharing inspiration, continues being a foundational aspect of our both respective art practices.



Thursday, January 25, 2018

'Beyond' 
220 x 155 cm, oil on linen
resting outside our Aitta-studio in Sirkka.