Peak Experience-taidenäyttelymme Ivana Helsinki-talossa


Tässä postauksessa maistiaisia Twin Peaks tv-sarjasta inspiraationsa saaneesta Peak Experience Extended-taidenäyttelystämme.
Kertoilin aiemmin että Peak Experience-näyttely oli esillä Ivana Helsingin järjestämillä Superwood-festareilla lokakuussa jossa se saikin todella mukavasti näkyvyyttä ja huomiota! Suureksi iloksemme Ivana Helsingin ihmiset ihastuivat näyttelyyn ja saimme sille jatkoa Ivana Helsinki-talolle Marjaniemeen. Näyttelymme lisäksi myös itse Ivana Helsinki-talo on näkemisen arvoinen, kerrassaan upeaa arkkitehtuuria. Näyttely on avoinna pe 28.11. asti arkisin klo 9-17 osoitteessa Palopirtintie 15, tervetuloa!
Suurensuuret kiitokset Ivana Helsinki tästä mahtavasta mahdollisuudesta 

Tämä näyttely on hieman suppeampi tilanpuutteen vuoksi kuin Superwoodissa nähty mutta mukana on lähes kaikki samat taiteilijat, eli minun lisäkseni Ivana Helsinki, Jasmin Anoschkin, Katja Tukiainen, Kati Heljakka, Mikko Lagerstedt, Sampo Marjomaa, Mari Kasurinen, Krista Elomaa, Raisa Kettunen, Carina Laine, Jennifer Ramirez, Ruska Tapiovaara, Sasha Kretova, Mia Minerva, Yasmin May Yaafar sekä Henna Kallionkieli.

Kannattaa muuten scrollata postauksen loppuun ja lukea kattava lehdistötiedote (englanniksi) jossa tietoa näyttelyn synnystä ja kattava esittely taiteilijoista.

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Pictures from our group exhibition Peak Experience Replayed at the stunning Ivana Helsinki house.
The exhibition is open till 28th of November, welcome and see if you have the opportunity :)
PS. I recommend you to scroll down the post and read the press release about our exhibition with
interesting details about the origin of the exhibition + all the artist introductions.
The press release is in english.

Postauksen ensimmäinen teos on Katja Tukiaisen.
Tämän ylläolevan julisteen on suunnitellut Carina Laine.

Johanna Lehtinen

Johanna Lehtinen

Mikko Lagerstedt

Mari Kasurinen, Henna Kallionkieli, Sampo Marjomaa, Jasmin Anoschkin

Henna Kallionkieli

Mari Kasurinen

Ivana Helsinki

Ruska Tapiovaara

Sasha Kretova

Kati Heljakka

Mari Kasurinen

Krista Elomaa

Krista Elomaa ja Kati Heljakka

Raisa Kettunen

Mia Minerva

Kati Heljakka, ihana kuraattorimme ja näyttelyn "äiti".

Carina Laine

Anoschkin, Elomaa, Heljakka, Ivana Helsinki, Kallionkieli, Kasurinen, Kettunen, Kretova, Lagerstedt, Laine, Lehtinen, Marjomaa, Minerva, Ramirez, Tapiovaara, Tukiainen, Yaafar

In 2016, 25 years had passed from the first broadcasting of Twin Peaks. The saga of the original cult television series that still attracts new audiences continued in 2017, when a new season created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, and directed by Lynch saw the daylight.

In the beginning of the 1990s I (Kati Heljakka) was a teenager, who after videotaping episodes of Twin Peaks with my sister, used to press the pause button every time Killer Bob appeared on the screen. After having been a fan of the series for decades, I have, during the past years explored Twin Peaks both as a toy and play scholar and as a visual artist. After having seen Raisa Kettunen’s re-playing of iconic Twin Peaks scenes with her Blythe doll, I dreamed up the idea of an art exhibition which would invite Finnish artists to participate in a group exhibition as Twin Peaks fans, players, creatives and contemporary artists. A dream team of ten artists was created, including a Columbian talent.

The Peak Experience EXTENDED team includes internationally recognized contemporary artists Jasmin Anoschkin, Mari Kasurinen, Katja Tukiainen, landscape photographer Mikko Lagerstedt, international art, design and fashion brand Ivana Helsinki, writer, performer and media artist Sampo Marjomaa, goldsmith and jewelry designer Henna Kallionkieli, visualists Johanna Lehtinen and Carina Laine, amigurumi artist Jennifer Ramirez, designer and illustrator Sasha Kretova and Mia Minerva, urban artist Yasmin May Yaafar (Yamahamay), photographer Ruska Tapiovaara, Twin Peaks fan artist Krista Elomaa, and photoplayers/toy photographers Raisa Kettunen and Kati Heljakka.

The name of our exhibition refers, besides Twin Peaks, to peak experiences theorized by psychologist Abraham Maslow (1908-1970). A peak experience stands for a moment of happiness and fulfilment, which has meaning to both wellbeing and mental development. Maslow placed the human desire for self-expression on the top of his hierarchy. When playing, a person may have a peak experience related to the use of imagination and limitless self-expression. Contemporary forms of play are often inspired by popular culture and the re-imagining of and toying with story worlds connected to transmedia phenomena have become emergent in both fandoms and in the context of art. Mimetic forms of play and multifaceted intertextual references to iconic popular productions are present in fan art and tributes of various kinds.

Our Peak Experience EXTENDED Art Exhibition plays with artworks and spatial atmospheres created with different techniques. It is an artistic tribute to the magic story world created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. In our exhibition minimalism meets maximalism, plastic meets organic materials and beauty is juxtaposed with terror. At the same time, humor, mischievousness and mystery are present.

This exhibition is a follow-up to the popular Peak Experience Replayed exhibition seen at this year’s Superwood Festival. It has been curated and produced by Finland-based post-doctoral researcher and artist Kati Heljakka. For more information, please contact

”I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling
it will be a place both wonderful and strange.”


Jasmin Anoschkin (b. 1980) is a Helsinki-based sculptor, who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Finland in 2004. The artist, who has been described as an effervescent expressionist, sculpts wood with axes and chainsaws and ceramics with a fierce touch. Her pieces are rough and rooted in the imaginary worlds of childhood, play and toys. Anoschkin had her first solo exhibition in 2003, after which she has exhibited her works on several occasions both in Finland and abroad (e.g. at Taidehalli, Purnu, Lönnströmin taidemuseo, Galleria Sculptor, Washington D.C., Nice and Berlin). In 2012 Anoschkin was elected as the Young Artist of Satakunta and in 2014 she became a member of the Arabia Art Department Society. Her works can be found at e.g. the collections of WAM, the Niemistö Collection of Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Vantaa Art Museum, The Paulon Foundation, Lönnströmin taidemuseo and the collections of the Finnish state.
Krista Elomaa is a self-taught artist, with a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. One of her most important source of inspiration is her deep love for the Finnish nature. Spending all summers in the Finnish archipelago and winters in the middle of the woods, gives a great chance to observe the local fauna and the seasonal changes in nature. Long walks on the sea shores give an animal friendly opportunity for this vegetarian to collect material for her pieces of art. The artist is also a part of gothic and metal music subcultures, which both have a major influence on her work. Photographing is also an important way of self expression to Krista Elomaa, you can follow her on Instagram @kristamiau 
Ivana Helsinki is a Finnish, independent fashion, art and film brand, that softly combines Scandinavian vibes with the Slavic melancholy. Paola and Pirjo Suhonen started Ivana Helsinki in 1998. In 18 years they have turned Ivana Helsinki into an international super brand. All of the designs are based on the adventures, endless summer nights and music that Paola Ivana Suhonen loves. The way Paola Suhonen experiences the world beautifully transfers into vibrant prints that Ivana Helsinki is known for worldwide. Besides being the Head of Design in Ivana Helsinki, Paola Suhonen is also an independent artist. She is an award winning filmmaker and her specialty is filming with 16mm film. Analogical film and the handmade feeling are typical for the movies and documentaries Paola Suhonen creates. For five years Paola Suhonen lived and studied in United States, the years 2008-2013. She finished a two-year first-degree program in New York Film Academy. While in New York she worked with various art and film projects. After her time in New York Suhonen continued to her Master’s degree in world’s best film school ‘American Film Institute’ in Los Angeles. Well-known alumni include David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Wally Pfister. Paola Suhonen graduated with MA, majoring in cinematography, in 2013. Her thesis film (shoot on 16mm film) was awarded with a valued student Emmy Award, in Los Angeles. For the same film she received the nomination in the high level Camerimage festival competition series in 2013. Her film was awarded best cinematography in a number of other festivals. Suhonen is also a member of the legendary AFI alumni Guild in Hollywood. At the moment Suhonen is also teaching cinematography and filmmaking in Helsinki Design School
Kati Heljakka (b. 1975) is a Pori-based toy researcher, play scholar and toying artists specialized in the study of material and creative play. She works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Turku. Heljakka got her doctorate in visual culture in 2013 from Aalto University and has participated in art exhibitions since 2007, when she was a student. Heljakka’s works have been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions around Finland, in Portugal, New York and San Francisco. In her art Heljakka explores, through photographs, installations and participatory works the storytelling, materiality and digitally social aspects of the toy medium. Besides the emerging toyification tendencies of contemporary culture, she is also interested in imaginatively inviting spaces, sceneries and playful atmospheres.
Henna Kallionkieli (b. 1985) is a Pori-based goldsmith and artisan who works in her atelier Korustudio Linna/Korusuunnittelu Henna K. She graduated as a trained goldsmith in 2014 and has also a BBA. Henna’s work has been exhibited around Finland and Japan since 2010.  In her jewelry, Henna wishes to depart from traditional Finnish design by integrating detailed, even kitschy pieces.
Internationally renowned visual artist Mari Kasurinen (b. 1984) is known for her "My Little Pop Icons” series. Mari observes popular culture like television and processes her observations through her pop art creations.  Through the sculpted pieces in the My Little Pop Icons series, Kasurinen explores personal branding, cultist approaches to personalities, and diversity and consumerism in popular culture. The My Little Pop Icons have been noted in international media since 2009 as the series has gained attention in publications such as The Huffington Post,, Wired, YLE, The Guardian and Kasurinen’s sculpted works have been exhibited internationally both in galleries and art museums in Europe and North America. Kasurinen participated in the Art Basel art exhibition in She was represented by the established Swiss art gallery Galerie Gmurzynska during 2012-2015.
Raisa Kettunen (b. 1975) would like to stress that she is not a photographer. She does, however, like to take photographs of all the momentous, small, strange and wonderful moments in her life. Among her favorite subjects for photography are her frequent trips to Japan, her rescued rabbits and Russian dog, her two children, her camera-shy American husband, and anything at Nuuksio national park. Among her favorite no-rules outlets for creativity are her Blythe fashion dolls. Raisa is also the author of three vegan cookbooks and is a well-known crafter and scrap booker. In addition to her regular job, she also runs a small business, PINKKIS, under which she produces unique tote sacks for Blythe dolls, pouches, costumes, jewelry, and more. She lives in Helsinki. 
Sasha Kretova is a designer, illustrator and musician currently based in Helsinki. Sasha's creative practice is constantly shifting between designing simple and functional stationery, illustrating everyday life objects and imaginary characters, and making sounds for performing both solo and for various collaborations. In all her creative outlets Sasha's main focus has always been on simplicity and finding beauty and inspiration in everyday things that may otherwise seem boring and mundane.
Mikko Lagerstedt is an award-winning fine art photographer from Finland. His vision is to create emotionally compelling photographs through the use of simplistic, yet dramatic landscapes amid fleeting windows in time. Mikko seeks to convey his feelings and impressions of every scene he photographs. His atmospheric style and rich use of color transport his viewers to a quieter world of surreal beauty and brilliance. Mikko’s work has been featured on book covers, magazines, and advertisements around the world.
Carina Laine (b. 1975) is a Helsinki-based visualist, self-taught graphic designer and photographer who works as a project manager and graphic artist in the wine industry. She graduated in 2014 from the Helsinki Design School with a diploma in visual design. Her interests include visual expression and the creation of visual styles and identities. Laine is especially inspired by the cultural and scenic diversity of North America.
Johanna Lehtinen (b. 1973) is a Pori-based entrepreneur, photographer, graphic designer and author. Johanna’s area of photographic expertise is in the area of interior design and lifestyle photography. Johanna is an author of two interior books. The first book, Laiturilla, about Finnish summerhouses by the sea was published in 03/2017, the second, Järvien Kesäkodit, about Finnish summerhouses by the lakes was published in 03/2017. She collaborates and works internationally with two prestigious
photo agencies, the Danish House of Pictures and the Italian PhotoFoyer. Johannas pictures and articles have been published for example in German Schöner Wohnen , German Schöner Wohnen Styling, Swedish Lantliv and Argentinian Revista Living. Additional articles during autumn will be published at least in Australia, Switzerland, Italy and Sweden. Johanna works also with all the best Finnish interior and lifestyle magazines. Johanna designs photographic posters and prints under her By Johanna Lehtinen brand. Her greatest source of inspiration is nature, especially the sea. Her works and graphic design channel, besides beauty, also a certain minimalist approach.
Sampo Marjomaa has worked during his professional life between mainstream and the marginal. He currently works in television, music and short films as a writer, performer and art director.
Mia Minerva is an illustrator and artist from Vantaa. She primarily works with markers, watercolor, and gouache. Her work is cute and playful, and frequently explores the magic of time spent alone.
Katja Tukiainen, (b. 1969) is an internationally recognized visual artist whose works have been exhibited in several international exhibitions and are included in many public collections. Already as early as the beginning of 90s, Tukiainen’s paintings started to glow in shades of pink and they became known for their cute, but not always innocent girl characters. Since then, her girls have appeared not only in her paintings and sculpts, but also in her wall paintings, comic stories and even as tattooed on human skin. Tukiainen graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Helsinki and has also studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. When living in Venice, she participated for the first time in international group exhibitions. After returning to Finland in 1995 she organized her first group exhibition in Helsinki and awakened the audience with her pink elephants. Tukiainen has worked in artist residences in Italy, New York, Japan and Sweden. Her art has been said to give food for thought in a cute form. She herself says that she wants to offer the viewers magic and enchanting experiences in which ‘good beats evil 6-0’.
Jennifer Ramirez (b. 1986) is a Colombian artists and researcher based in Helsinki. Jennifer is the co-creator of the online persona The Sun and the Turtle a community where Jennifer shares Amigurumi design culture and researches about the origins of this contemporary craft as well as shares for free DIY instructions on how to create your own toys with yarn (Amigurumi). Jennifer has participated in exhibitions in New York and Helsinki and has an increasing interest in finding the roots of Amigurumi toys as well as the future of DIY as a dignifying and revolutionary activity. On the side, with a background in Communications and Social Media Management, Jennifer works with creativity and facilitation skills helping breaking paradigms or improving communications in diverse organizations in need of fresh ideas. In this exhibition, Jennifer is experimenting with Amigurumi allowing the viewer to interact with her piece and rising questions about body snatching and personality changes in our daily lives.
Ruska Tapiovaara Ruska Tapiovaara is an aspiring photographer and a relentless light chaser. Producer by day, majority of her spare time is spent outdoors with a camera in hand. Her photos are characterised by ambience, and are often abstract or documentary in nature. She is currently shooting mainly 35mm film with her beloved 1984 Nikon FG-20. Ruska is a recent photography graduate from Helsinki Design School. She is currently working to build her portfolio with a range of collaborations including portrait and commercial photography. 
Yasmin May Yaafar aka Yamahamay is a multidisciplinary artist/designer and a character, toy & play enthusiast from Finland. Her works vary from toy design, clothing, costuming and accessories to sculptures, illustrations, wall paintings and digital things. Believing that all characters everywhere are in urgent need to pop out of their creators, she arranges character and toy design workshops to help them be born. She loves her dog and chocolate and rainbows. In her materialistic dreams she has a bigger toy & book collection, amazing workspace and the best Cintiq.    

Tunnelmallinen IKEA-jouluilta


Hui kuinka pimeitä ja sumuisia päiviä onkaan ollut. Upea Madeiran kuvausmatka Häät-lehdelle on enää lämmin ja aurinkoinen muisto. Pimeys iskee päälle täysillä aina kellojen siirtämisen jälkeen. Toivon todellakin että joko kellojen siirtelu jatkuu tai kesäaika jää pysyväksi. Olen iltaihminen ja illan valoisat tunnit ovat minulle aamuja paljon arvokkaampia.

Kaiken tämän pimeyden keskellä olikin aivan ihanaa päästä viettämään jouluista iltaa IKEAn kanssa upeassa  G18-juhlasalissa. Tunnelmallisen tilan oli stailannut Anna Biström. Tarjolla oli mausteisia ja lämpimiä värejä, kullan kimallusta sekä kynttilöiden loistetta. Ripaus jouluista mieltä tarttui jo minuunkin. Taas kerrassaan upea Ikean järjestämä tilaisuus, kiitos että sain olla mukana 

PS. Peak Experience-taidenäyttelymme joka oli Superwood-festivaaleilla on saanut jatkoa Ivana Helsinki-talolla marraskuun loppuun asti. Käykäähän tutustumassa sekä näyttelyyn että upeaan Ivana Helsinki-taloon. Osoite on Palopirtintie 15, Marjaniemi. Näyttely on esillä 1.-28.11.2018 ja avoinna ma-pe klo 9-17.

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Pictures from IKEAs beautiful christmasy evening in Helsinki this week.