Satu Loukkola, Tiina Salmi, Jouni Salonen and Annukka Visapää
Sculptures, graphics and photographs
Harbour. It can represent safety, a destination, mobility and variety. People arrive in the harbour and depart from it. Sometimes it is calm, other times windy. It is the place where the land meets the water, nature meets culture. In the harbour, perspectives expand and also find focus.
This exhibition of work by four artists is not about the romanticism of harbours or seafarers – it is about seeking to find similarities between the various characteristics of the visual arts and the harbour. The pictures in the exhibition do not move but – precisely for this reason – they have an excellent way of embodying motion.
All of the artists in the exhibition are from harbour towns: Satu Loukkola is from Oulu and Tiina Salmi is from Kotka – both coastal towns – and Jouni Salonen is from Lappeenranta and Annukka Visapää is from Lahti – towns on the shores of large lakes. They are experienced professionals – masters of the traditions and techniques in their own areas who are also receptive to change and development. For the artists in the exhibition, the harbour is both an ambiguous metaphor and a common theme, which was found rather than sought.