Vivi-Mari Carpelan is a Finnish artist now resident in Wales, United Kingdom. Her artistic practice targets the survival of the authentic self when immersed in the overpowering shadows of the collective consciousness, as well as times of liminality and transition.
The value of emotional and subjective truth is opposed to the relentlessly objective and overly sanitised stance of a society bent on devaluing the non-conforming outsider’s individualised needs. Her practice includes collage/mixed media, photography, film and sound art. She appropriates found materials from the collective domain, turning them into highly subjective expressions of an escapology based on courage and determination.
Her artistic expression runs parallel with the experience of imprisonment in an imperfect body in an imbalanced world. Through a process often marked by physical and emotional deconstruction followed by reconstruction, she attempts to bring attention to imperfection, decay and vulnerability. She is thereby suggesting that these are inevitable and even necessary aspects of life that complement the glossiness of technological evolution. She feels it’s necessary to observe and understand the interplay of the dichotomies in order to solve personal and collective dilemmas regarding human dignity and the intrinsic, unquestionable value of the individual experience.