Heidi Hänninen

Väinö Auerin katu 13 b 42

Artist Statement:

For me, art is the lifeblood. Art is another, more humane, point of view in our society that depends on the constant growth of economy.

I have done my bachelor-studies in art pedagogy, in the University of Lapland (2010) and started my MFA- studies in Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (sculpture-department) in autumn 2011. Being an artist and an art teacher goes hand-in-hand in my thinking and they are both important parts of me. Making art and teaching it can work together reflectively, through discussions and working with other people I get more perspective to my own art-making process too. Art has a capacity to bring new viewpoints also to the school-world. As the whole capitalistic world, the school-system today lies on the efficiency – thinking which is limiting creativity. Art can be an alternative for all of us, one way or another.

I use many different materials and techniques in my art. Past few years I have been concentrating on three-dimensional works and sculpture, mainly I have been casting concrete. After studying in the State academy of art and design in Saint Petersburg, in the faculty of monumental painting (2008-09) I have been also actively painting on big scale: making murals and street art in Finland and abroad. In addition to these I use many other medias too, like photography and video and I like to ensemble them with my sculptures.

Our neighbor-country Russia is a great source of inspiration for me. It’s culture (language, art, architecture, animations, toys), history with soviet past, politics, people, places, the way how people for example take over the surrounding space and deal with the death, are all interesting aspects for me when I look at Russia. Children’s culture in whole is one of the most interesting fields for me in my art, I really think that in toys, films etc. offered to kids we can see and really strongly feel the atmosphere of surrounding society with it’s (hidden) aims and (unspoken) values.

In Russia I have also found a concrete landscape of my own mind. Through aesthetics, culture and politics I travel to these views of my mind over and over again, deeper and deeper. And I hope that these views that I’m presenting, my art, can bring something new to someone else’s lives as well. Maybe even offer a different kind of aspect to the everyday life.


01.09.2011Taiteen Maisteri/ Kuvataideakatemia, kuvanveisto
2010Taiteen kandi /Lapin yliopisto, taidekasvatus

Kotimaiset yksityisnäyttelyt

2008 - 2014https://heidielisabethhanninen.wordpress.com/exhibitionprojects/, useita yksityisnäyttelyitä

Workshopit ja symposiumit


Julkiset teokset

USEITA SEINÄMAALAUKSIA https://heidielisabethhanninen.wordpress.com/cv-in-english/

Teoksia kokoelmissa

2014Työväen museo Werstas, Tampere (seinämaalaus/ Draamateam)
2013Rovaniemen kaupunki (veistos/ pienoismalli: “Kaatumaton" - Kommunismin ja kapitalismin muistomerkki)

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Apurahat ja palkinnot

2014Taiteen edistämiskeskus. 3000 e. Kohdeapuraha näyttelyyn Galleria Rajatilassa 2014.
2013Anita Snellmanin taideapuraha. 2000 e. Ansioituneesta lopputyöstä Kuvan kevät -näyttelyssä 2013.
2012Suomen kulttuurirahasto. 2000 e. Lopputyöhön/ julkiseen veistokseen Rovaniemellä.
2012Kuvataideakatemian apurahat/ yht. 700 e. Työskentelyyn.

Jäsenyydet ja luottamustoimet

2015STS:n edustajisto (/SKJL)
2013Taiteilija ja työpajaohjaaja katutaideduossa DRAAMATEAM (Hänninen & Halmetoja)
2012STS:n edustajisto (SKJL)
2011Helsingin taiteilijaseura
2010Jäsen, työpajaohjaaja ja taiteilija katutaidekollektiivi Multicoloured Dreamsissa (MCD)
2010Lapin taiteilijaseura