Taru Happonen (b. 1989, Lahti, FI) is a visual artist living and working in Helsinki. She is currently completing her master’s studies in the Department of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki.
In Taru Happonen’s works, the environment and organisms are examined from a microscopic close and far away from a cosmic scale. Happonen’s expression has figurative features that break down into partially unidentifiable. Her works may often be seen as something between painting and sculpture. Bustling impasto painting is combined with other materials. In addition to oil paint, she uses, for example, recycled plastic sheets, linen, wood, plastic bags, and cable ties. Organic and inorganic are irrevocably intertwined.
Taru Happonen’s works are included in the Finnish State Art Deposit Collection and HUS (Helsinki University Hospital) art collection as well as in private collections in Finland and abroad.