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Gunzi Holmstrom

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My grandfather was a lighthouse keeper who said that everything we know about ourselves could be written on the back of a matchbox. As someone seeking the truth about people, I have developed the need to engage in a deep exploration of the related issues and the keys to spiritual insight. I am inspired by religious concepts and medieval pictorial allegories. Meditation is a part of my practice. The old mystics fascinate me. My aim is to surprise myself by painting things I am not quite familiar with. This is about surrendering oneself to a kind of artistic pilgrimage. Gun Holmström
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IMAGE DESCRIPTION :
- IMAGE 1. - Jesaja, 2015, watercolour, 56x76cm
- IMAGE 2. - Obadja, 2015, watercolour, 35x35cm
- IMAGE 3. - Elia, 2015, watercolour, 56x56cm
- IMAGE 4. - Bileam, 2015, watercolour, 56x76cm
- IMAGE 5. - Debora, 2015, watercolour, 35x35cm
- IMAGE 6. - Jeremia, 2015, watercolour, 35x35cm
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HELLO HEAVEN 27 May – 14 June 2015
Gunzi Holmström’s delicate watercolor paintings take the artist to a new level. The abstract thoughts suddenly began to appear on paper as colors and shapes that she does not try to explain. The exhibition includes Holmström’s latest works that she began to create during her artist-in-residence period in Paris during the spring of 2015.

The paintings as well as the installation included in the exhibition take the audience through abstraction to a timeless dimension where things always appear new and reformed, as if seen through the eyes of a child. When looking at Holmström’s works, one can sense that they have been inspired by the image worlds of different spiritual movements as they bring together universal structures as well as symbols through which she explores light and a visible and invisible world.The exhibition offers the audience a reminder that at its best art is contemplation and it allows us to build a bridge towards spirituality.

Written by Visual artist Soili Mustapää
Every painting is like a memory from another life.
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I only started painting a few years ago, after working with digital techniques, mainly video, for over 20 years. I came to a point when something had to change to be able to move on. My art works have been exhibited in about 20 countries. I have made two bigger public commissions, the sound sculpture Omphalomine which is placed in a park in Helsinki, and the light work Calejdoskope. I've been on several international residencies, for example the ACA residency with master artist Gillian Wearing 2003, in Senegal 2012 and in Paris 2015.
Gunzi Holmström
Helsinki
Finland
Europe

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