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SANNA KARLSSON-SUTISNA
Sculptures and Enviromental art
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Since 1991, visual artist Sanna Karlsson-Sutisna has been working with wooden sculpture, based upon a technique learned in Bali. She combines metal, wood and natural elements, concentrating on the human figure, particularly the face. The aesthetic and motifs of her sculptural expression refer to shapes and symbols at the dawn of mankind's ancient heritage, lending a sense of time even external truths to her work. She creates small, inti mate sculptures as well as large pieces for public spaces, creating a dialogue with nature through bringing her work to parks and natural public spaces, where her art becomes part of peoples 'everyday life
The paintings of Sanna Karlsson-Sutisna radiate within the surrounding space. Compositions are extended beyond the limitations of the frame, sometimes through the incorporation of added metal components to create a trompe-loeil effects Expressive, sometimes sharp line and deep emotion meet in these works, which grow out of the artists lived experience and intuitive insight. She often creates a mystic or symbolic ambience by dissolving shapes and figures into deep expanses
of colour. In her works, she investigates the healing powers of visual elements such as shape and colour. Her paintings become a bridge between the everyday reality of contemporary human existence and eternal living mythologies. Her paintings and sculptures often develop into larger installations and environmental artworks.

( BIANCA GRÄSBECK ARTICLE)

     

Performences

Sanna creates unique performances that interact with the audience and the site. Audience members are invited to participate in as well as view events, for example through creating sound-effects or partaking in an organized ritual.
She present six types of perform-ance created by herself: 

1. Reminders of Darkness,
2. Dance Painting, 
3. Signs of Change, 
4. Maiden of the Skies, 
5. The Dying Swan and 
6. To the Heartbeat (Siivet Ry)

1. Reminders of Darkness

Deals with the position or anguish of the victim and how to turn this into vitality. Red, the first of colours, is employed simultaneously as both a symbol of suffering and renewed zest for life. Carl-Johan Häggman provides the show with improvised rhythms.

2. Dance Painting 

Since 1989, the artist has developed a technique to paint symbols in space using her body to unite the visually painted with visual motif in bodily movement. In her performances she examines and opens our contact to the body and the subconscious . Inner embodied message is revealed for example through concept of the “Mandala in our Body“, the “Tree of Life“ etc. Motifs that refer to universal and ancient knowledge permeating and transcending cultural and ethnic boundaries, lying in what Jung would refer to as the collective unconscious of mankind. Her own vocabulary of movements are combined with elements drawn from the Graham technique and reference to Cuban and Balinese dance and yoga.
(Exit 2001, Helsinki; dance installation “In Red on the Green“, Muury 1989, 2x25 minutes. Photo Liisa Karlsson.)
3. Signs of Change

is a ritual dance performance through which the artist explores the need for change emanating from her own life experience. The audience is invited to participate as invocation of personal desire for change. Creating contact with nature, finding the power in dance and shared experience the artist searches to  find constructive directions for change. An atmosphere of the mystic prevails during the performance. A series of performances at Mätäjoki and Pikku-Huopalahti, Helsinki 2001.
Music Carl-Johan Häggman. Photo Derrick Fridlund & Adhi Nughara.

4. -5. Maiden of the Skies

and “The Dying “Swan“ In this series of performances, created since 1999, the artist makes variations on different themes. The central idea is to create bonds to her own Finnish heritage, emphasising cultural roots that strengthen a peoples identity through contact with their natural environment. “The Dying Swan“ was created by actor, director Helen Elde. The performance highlights the protection of animals and respect for the Creation. Starring in some of the performances of “Maiden of the Skies“.Heikki Mäntymaa, Ilkka-Juhani Takala-Eskola, I Wayan Sutisna and others.


6. To the Heartbeat

combines different cultures and their ritual traditions. The meaning of the performance is to clean and strengthen mind and emotions. It stops the audience    amidst the everyday bustle strengthening the voice of the heart. A Siivet Ry production.


Dance Painting

Since 1989, the artist has developed a technique to paint symbols in space using her body to unite the visually painted with visual motif in bodily movement. In her performances she examines and opens our contact to the body and the subconscious . Inner embodied message is revealed for example through concept of the “Mandala in our Body“, the “Tree of Life“ etc. Motifs that refer to universal and ancient knowledge permeating and transcending cultural and ethnic boundaries, lying in what Jung would refer to as the collective unconscious of mankind. Her own vocabulary of movements are combined with elements drawn from the Graham technique and reference to Cuban and Balinese dance and yoga.
(Exit 2001, Helsinki; dance installation “In Red on the Green“, Muury 1989, 2x25 minutes. Photo Liisa Karlsson.)
In the context of Finnish performance art Sanna Karlsson-Sutisna presents, in many ways, a unique way of working. Thematically she is clearly orientated towards the multicultural ’bodily otherness’, a source for inspiration as well as for research. Her own experience she spent the 90’s in Cuba and Bali gave the insight that ritual can still be part of everyday life. She has always insisted on the social and societal dimensions of art, taking art to the street, close to people -to whom it belongs.

By profession Karlsson-Sutisna is both a visual-and a dance artist. In creating a visual changelanguage of symbols she uses in her performance her own body as a painting tool, combining the Graham technique with patterns of movement from Cuban and Balinese rituals and yoga. She also performs Balinese ritual dance, where the authentic attire as well as music and sound play a significant role.

In the symbolic changelanguage of the artist the tree is, as the human being, “a creature of two worlds“. The roots being in something “holy“, incomprehensible and inexplicable, to feel good, human needs myths and tales, where the ritual and societal encounter strengthens, reforms and maintains the awareness that there is also positive meaning in the world.

In creating her own, personal entity of significant elements from different cultures, she aims at finding the universal humanity, something all human have in common. By assembling the most interesting and beautiful pearls found she gets, almost by definition, close to the innermost secrets of the human soul. 
Free translation from Helena Erkkilä: Tanssiva maalaus (A Dancing Painting)
     
 
 
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