July Artist of the Month: Merja Castrén

1.7.2022 - 31.7.2022

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.

Artist’s CV