Inside the Studio

Silja Selonen

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
Nature and natural sciences inspire me. When studying at the Art Academy, I did my written thesis about art and science. I want to understand the hard but beautiful rules of energy and matter. I deeply admire all unbelievable life in this world of chaos and order. In my art, this invisible world of science seems to unite my works. In paintings, I am trying to present an inaccurate passing moment, for example, in wire-sculpting the emptiness of matter. Recently, geometric patterns seem to appear in my paintings. I like to work in an expressive way, but the target is clear for me. Impression should be fine both from a distance and at close range.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
During portrait class, a professor from Repin-institut presented us the laws of cold and warm tones in lights, shadows, and reflections. They are still essential in my work. Another important lesson I’ve learned is to do only self-pleasing works with materials that last at least one century.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
I always listen to music or the radio when working. Lately, an old tape from Sinead O’Connor has been a favorite one.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Can’t really say.

Who are your favorite writers?
My favorites are Mika Waltari (a Finnish historical writer), Esko Valtaoja (a professor of astronomy, who writes about science in an entertaining way), and Åsa Larsson (a Swedish detective story writer).