Marika Mäkelä
Jewels of Excavation
11 Feb  – 7 Mar  2010
Change is the perennially permanent feature of Marika Mäkelä's work. Her paintings sprout ever-new subjects and themes, developing and surprising the viewer. She may take a step backward, even two, to a theme that she has addressed long ago, but she never repeats her former self or her former paintings, but instead varies things, viewing them from a new perspective.

Mäkelä had occasionally painted small works on wood already in the 1980s, but it was not until the first decade of the 21st century that she began to explicitly use layered plywood as a base. In the previous stage, she had wanted to construct reliefs on the surface of the paintings, while now she sought to penetrate the painted surface and the colours, to chisel, engrave and create patterns. In these paintings, the solid feel of material of the varied textures of wood combines with drawing and colours that occasionally appear to be almost immaterially light and occasionally throb with deep tones.

In her most recent paintings, also executed on wood panel, Marika Mäkelä has returned to creating reliefs in colour by painting. These works in small format are, once again, completely different. The scale of painting is smaller than ever before, resembling tattoos, filigree work or embroidery. It is as if Marika Mäkelä is seeing the most wonderful dream of the sultan's most skilled silversmith, and we have the privilege to see it as well.