Katja Härkki (born in 1969, in Helsinki) is a visual artist and painter living and working in Lahti. She has graduated as a designer with a Master of Arts in 1997 from the Helsinki University of Art and Design. Later, she also graduated from Lahti University of Applied Sciences with Degree Programme in Fine Arts 2014 as a painter.
Härkki´s art explores what it is to be a woman and her identity here and now. Also, other interesting subjects are the human, body, humanity, nature, and how we see ourselves in universal time. For Härkki, art is to playing games, a process and a way to communicate with others. Her art explores the dialogue between form and content, between you and me. The point of view depends on the art practice if the artwork is painting or video. "In my art, I strive to awaken the viewer's feelings to a level of awareness. And I hope that my art conveys to the viewer the energy and power to deal with the emotions and needs that come to the surface."
Härkki´s paintings are condensed situations, almost like intimate staging. They include dreamlike, chancing moments, like memories in time. In them, time and place overlap one another, simultaneously hiding and revealing. She wants to understand her world and herself through the painting process. "Only the journey to my own mind and turning the images into more concrete visual presentations can help me on my way."
A source of empowerment and creativity Härkki has found short videos on social media platforms, such as Tik Tok, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook, where she performs for her audience. Performing has given her the courage she lacked. With her example, she wants to encourage viewers to live brave life and find their own creativity. "You need to be brave to reach out your dreams and your resources that are hidden."
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Galleria Uusi Kipinä, Art Loan, City of Lahti
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