Artist’s Statement 14.10.22
Longing 14.10.2022 – 16.04.2023
RUNO ART Biannual Exhibition, Runo Hotel, Porvoo
Irina Pått has for over 20 years been known and recognized for her handmade and ecological design lighting and 3D-paperworks. Her new material is sustainable birch veneer. During the last two years she has shown these new kind of artworks in three succesful exhibitions.
Since her childhood Irina Pått has been dancing classical ballet. The dance itself has given the inspiration for these dancing pieces of artwork. During her career Irina Pått has designed lot’s of lighting and she is now using the LED technique to create a line of light as an effective detail. There is also nostalgia in these light effects, while the first neon lights on the roof of so called Lasipalatsi building in Helsinki in the 1950’s made a huge impact.
These lightworks are designed for both public and private premises. They honour the history of reliefs, even though Irina Påtts expression is very much her own. These works of art are reliefs with sunken hollow lighting. The stripes of different layers resembles “Giant¨s kettles” from the ice age. The environmentally friendly veneer is finished with wax. Using wood in buildings and interiors meets the criteria of sustainability. Wood as a material has a positive effect on health and well being. It is also a solution for indoor air problems and noise reduction. On top of that it reduces the carbon footprint.
Irina Pått has got a degree from Taideteollinen opisto in 1969, she studied in 1986-1990 in Canada and got her master’s degree from Taideteollinen korkeakoulu in 1990.
Her works of art have been exhibited around the world: Taidehalli in Helsinki, American Craft Museum in New York, Mingei Museum in San Diego, Harbourfront Gallery in Toronto, Louvre Musée des Arts Decoratifsin in Paris, Röhsska Museet in Gothenburg, Rundetårn in Copenhagen and Imadate Exhibition of Paper Art in Japan.
Important public and private collections: Mänttä new Art Sauna, Ministry of Justice, National Library, Bank of Finland, City of Helsinki, G 18, Foundation Pro Artibus, City Hall of Raseborg, Registry Office and Algerian Embassy in Helsinki.
Irina Pått lives in Helsinki.
Svenska Kulturfonden foundation has supported the exhibitions in 2020-22.