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Taru Happonen

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. The materials do not have virtuous or vicious features in her art, they embody what the world is like – organic and inorganic are inextricably intertwined.

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.

Location

Uusimaa

Born

1989

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Taru Happonen, Exhibition viewKuvan Kevät 2021 — MFA Degree Show of the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki. Hairy, oil on linen, cable tie, 48 x 40 x 4 cm, 2021. Photo: Emma Sarpaniemi

Taru Happonen, Escape is impossibleOil on linen, 48 x 40 x 4 cm, 2021. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.

Taru Happonen, Wet proboscis of a butterflyOil on recycled plastic (100% ocean plastic waste), 110 x 92 x 2 cm, 2021. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.

Taru Happonen, Wet proboscis of a butterfly (detail)Photo: Emma Sarpaniemi

Taru Happonen, Exhibition viewKuvan Kevät 2021 — MFA Degree Show of the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki. Photo: Emma Sarpaniemi

Taru Happonen, Exhibition viewKuvan Kevät 2021 — MFA Degree Show of the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki. Left: Taru Happonen, Three pairs of mouths, oil on plastic bag, 27 x 24 x 2 cm, 2021. Right: Taru Happonen, Superzoom, oil on linen, cable tie, 27 x 24 x 2 cm, 2021. Photo: Emma Sarpaniemi

Taru Happonen, MagneticOil on recycled plastic (100% electronic waste), 104 x 63 x 2 cm, 2021. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.

Taru Happonen, Exhibition viewKuvan Kevät 2021 — MFA Degree Show of the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki. Photo: Emma Sarpaniemi

Taru Happonen, ChitinOil on linen, plastic bag, cable tie, 33 x 35 x 2 cm, 2021. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.

Taru Happonen, Chitin (detail)Photo: Emma Sarpaniemi

Taru Happonen, A fish, a turtle, a bird, and a humanOil on recycled plastic (100% ocean plastic waste), 43 x 22 x 2 cm, 2021. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.

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