Welcome to the Espoo Artotheque in Sello, Leppävaara!

We are open Tue-Fri 11-19, Sat-Sun 12-16.

July’s Artist of the Month: Merja Castrén

Artist Statement

I am an artist, to whom nature and ecology are part of everyday life. When I start a new artistic project, my thoughts often go to Lapland – my second home. My inspiration is in the vast wilderness of Lapland, small and bigger wanderers, the magnificent midnight sun and the silence that you can feel in your whole body.

I mainly use clay and glass in my works. When I am creating an art work, in addition to these materials, I use other materials suitable for the ongoing theme like tree roots and reindeer skin. Whenever possible, I use local raw materials and various recycled materials like glass. In art, I also try to awake the viewers to the vulnerability of nature. I want to tell a story that matters.

About us

Espoo Artotheque is run by Espoo Visual Artists’ Association which aims to promote professional development of visual artists based in Espoo, to support their artistic and professional vision and raise general interest towards visual arts.

Espoo Artotheque is located in Shopping centre Sello in Leppävaara. We share the space in third floor with Gallery Aarni. Welcome!

Online you can find works which are currently at artotheque but also works which are at artists’ workrooms. It is possible to reserve also those by contacting us.

If you find an artwork which interests you, do contact us and ask more. We are happy to assist you in selecting the right work for you also on spot.

Online artotheque has been supported by Ministry of Education and Culture.