MAKING ART ON MY OWN TERMS
Since 2016, I have concentrated on oil paintings and wood sculptures. Making art feels like talking to myself and having a conversation with other people. Topics include daily events, political statements, and my personal life.
Aulis Harmaala graduated from Aalto University in 2011 with a master’s degree in art. He was born in 1966 in Ranua and lives in Helsinki. Harmaala’s current work focuses on painting and wood carving. In the past, his methods have been installations including participative elements built into the space. He thinks that the artistic work is a slow social interaction, in which one first settles into being with oneself. The work is completed when it turns viewers to interpret and share their experience.
Earlier exhibitions by Harmaala include displays in the galleries of Muu ry and Huuto in Helsinki, Turku Biennale in 2015 and Charlottenborg Spring exhibition in Copenhagen 2017. Among others, the Helsinki Art Museum has included his works to its collection.
A view to installation Desire and caring at MUU Cable, 2016.