Raija Jokinen’s artwork has an eerie, unsettling feel to it. Centered around the human body in all its complexity, Jokinen recreates such details as skin, blood vessels, and nerve tracks. “I am excited in their apparent similarity and infinite variation together with the life-support functions they represent and how these visual allegories can be found in almost all living organisms,” she writes on her website.
Much like her chosen subjects, her materials of choice are unique, if knotty. Combining painting, paper making, graphics, and textiles, she creates delicate art pieces that explore the borderlines of physical and immaterial feelings. Hard to pinpoint exactly, her art is located somewhere between painting, graphic art, and textile.
“I like to break intangible things into pieces and, in a way, rename or reorganize them by using the material structure,” explains Jokinen. “I am looking for analogies to the material and immaterial structures and the closest features appear in own our bodies. Very often in these cases, the question arises about what is really tangible and what is not and where is the borderline between physical things and emotions.”
Using fiber instead of paint, her stitches remind us of illustrated lines. But though they may look fragile, much like the human body, her artwork proves to be resilient. Scroll down to see some of her work.