Artist Statement.

I grew up in Finland, in a home where my mother had a chronic longing for her roots in Karelia (an area shared with Russia). Bullying defined my life since it lasted throughout my elementary school and it affected my experience of being different. This experience of being different made me an expatriate; I moved to Denmark when I was 19, and after that, I lived in Sweden, Singapore, sometime in Finland, and now in Austria.

I have researched the theme of not belonging beyond borders for over 10-years, in my artistic work as well as in my Master degrees (MA of Arts and MA of Design). In my artwork you can see the design and art side of thinking, not forgetting the Nordic aesthetics. I have lived for six years in Austria, where I work at the edge of the forest, on the mountainside.

CV.

I was born and raised in Orimattila, Finland.
Currently I am working and living in Radstadt, Austria.

Contact. veera.komulainen@gmail.com

2016-2017 – Master of Arts, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland

2011-2012 – Master of Design, Raffles Design Academy, Singapore

2006-2009 – Post Graduate, Hansenberg Nordic Multimedia academy, Kolding, Denmark

2002-2005 – Artisan, Lahti College of Arts and Crafts, Lahti, Finland

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

NOVEMBER 2022 – Solo show – Galleria Pleiku, Berlin, Germany

SOLO & GROUP SHOWS

2022 – Group show – Barok museum, Salzburg Austria

2022 – Solo show – Mältinranta Art Centre, Tampere, Finland

2021 – Solo show – Pop-up Imberg, Salzburg Austria

2021 – Group show – Gegner-Haus, Attersee Austria

2020 – Group show – Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Festung Salzburg, Austria

2016 – Solo show – Toinen tuleminen, Valkee Oulu, Finland

2014 – Solo show – Graphic pop-up, Tuba Oulu, Finland

2014 – Solo show – Siunattu yksinäisyys, Design Valkea Oulu, Finland

2013 – Group show – KUŠ!: THE LAST MATCH – the largest small exhibition, Urban culture center Kino Šiška Ljubljana, Slovakia

2013 – Group show – Taidekeskus Taarasti yhteisnäyttely, Nastola, Finland

PUBLIC ART

2019 – Art Linnakallio Goes Baana Symposium
Kempele, Finland

2018 – Competition price: HKL metro station artwork Mellunmäki Helsinki, Finland

2014 – Brain Capacity mural Linnasaari Oulu, Finland

GRANTS

2022 – TAIKE Art Support Centre of Finland / working grant 2 months

2021 – TAIKE Art Support Centre of Finland / working grant 6 months

2020 – TAIKE Art Support Centre of Finland / working grant 2 months

PUBLICATIONS

2015 – NIETOS – Lapin kansan synty

WORKSHOPS

2019 – Veera K. Workshops
Started on 15.5.2019 – 2022. Salzburg, Austria

2017 – Street Art workshop for slum kids
June 2017 – August 2017 Koseli school, Kathmandu, Nepal

2017 – Contemporary Art Workshop in Ludwig Museum Ludwig Museum, Budapest Hungary

2014 – Street Art workshop for teens
Nuorisoseura, Kemi, Finland

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Apr 2013- Dec 2015, Oulu, Finland
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Mar 2008-Mar 2011, Locations: Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden
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