His unsettling assemblages of mutated humans are viscerally driven: he has said
he “tries to forget concepts, names … conventions and things regarded as self-evident” in his work. For Nevalainen, the way a moment is remembered, is often more interesting than the physical reality of that moment.
Throughout Nevalainen’s work, a single figure appears in several forms, and whether or not the figure is a a self-portrait is left up to the viewer. His paintings highlight the basic discomfort hidden within the human form through soft and subdued colors, clearly influenced by the landscapes of his native country. The softness of this spectrum and the artist’s delicate hand suggest a melancholy sense of introversion. It’s an impressive feat, considering the trappings of his images—hollow eyes, blank faces, half-formed bodies.