Liisa Kallio

Tunto

This spring, I've been devoting considerable time to exploring about the Helsinki-based Galleria Kuvitus' exhibition development – delving especially into the subject of Liisa Kallio's solo show, Tunto – Sensation.

B is for Sylvia Beach

B is for Sylvia Beach

At first, the calm and modest portrait of Sylvia Beach didn’t distinguish itself from tenths quirky yet fascinating illustrations of Maria Herreros. After reading Beach’s memoir and visiting the legendary Shakespeare and Company (The second bookstore, opened in 1951) together with Marika Maijala, I now see the portrait with different eyes. In the exhibition, it presents...

C is for Chapeau

C is for Chapeau

Many of Marika Maijala drawings are repeated images and one recurring subject is the hat. The literal word ‘chapeau’ comes from the French, and it means ’hat’. Aside from meaning ‘hat’ it is also used when congratulating and giving someone respect, a short way of saying ‘hat off’ or ‘I’m so impressed, I take...

D is for Robert Delaunay

D is for Robert Delaunay

In December 2018, I was sitting in a crowded cafe along Vaasankatu with Marika Maijala, who was going into residency in Paris next month. “How do you picture Paris?”, I asked her. I was interested to know, if she already had some image of the city in her mind, and how would it feel...