In Tuori’s paintings, the ‘real’ and the imagined are not separate, and the image cannot be reduced to the word. In the works, what is safe becomes alien, and what is strange becomes familiar.
Anna Tuori is a Helsinki-based award-winning visual artist (e.g. Young Artist of the Year in 2011 and the William Thuring Prize in 2015). In the last couple of years, her paintings have been exhibited at, for example, the Biennale of Sydney, the Stadtgalerie Kiel, the Galerie Anhava, the Turku Art Museum, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Anna Tuori’s artist’s coat was influenced by works familiar to her since childhood
“I was inspired by many works at the exhibition: among others, the artworks by my old favourite, Hugo Simberg, hung in juxtaposition in the Symbolism hall. The design of the coat was also inspired by Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s Démasquée (1888) and Aino Myth, Triptych (1891), and Birger Carlstedt’s Still Life (1941). In my design, I then included colours of light and shadow from Albert Edelfelt’s work The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris (1887). These works are familiar to me from a long time ago.”