Galerie Anhava has the pleasure to present new paintings by Mari Sunna at the CHART Art Fair. Figures have always been at the core of her paintings. In the new works, the former physical nature of figures have dissipated as if having risen to a different level of consciousness.
Galerie Anhava has the pleasure to present new paintings by Mari Sunna (born 1972) at the CHART Art Fair in Copenhagen. Recurring and identifiable elements can be found in her oeuvre: a carefully considered frugality of expression, empty spaces, even planes of colour and the variation of hues and degrees of brightness of colours which creates a special glow in her paintings. Although Sunna's works display a certain continuity, she is also constantly moving on to something new. In her most recent paintings, this presents itself as an ethereal quality, a lighter palette and an even more pronounced emphasis on an immaterial and internal world than in her previous works.
Figures have always been at the core of Mari Sunna's paintings. In her new works, the former physical nature and corporeality of figures have dissipated as if having risen to a different level of consciousness. In the background of the works we can find connections with the Western representation of womanhood and femininity in the history of the visual arts and the depiction of the soul and the mind in the tradition of Nordic painting, as in the works of Edvard Munch and Helene Schjerfbeck. Sunna's paintings are in fact characterised by a psychological dimension, transcendence and separation from the real world.
Mari Sunna lives and works in Helsinki. She has studied painting in Helsinki and London. In recent years, she has participated extensively in exhibitions abroad at venues including Palfrey Space, London; Art & History Museum, Brussels; Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and Maison Particulière, Brussels. Her works are included in leading Finnish public collections and international art collections, such as the Aspen Collection, London; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; the Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden; the Saatchi Collection, London and the UBS Art Collection, Zürich. There are also works by Mari Sunna in many Nordic, European and American private collections.