Vera Arjoma, Towards The Heavens, 2010. Seeker photographic series
Interview: Vera Arjoma
Vera Arjoma was born in Tampere, Finland. She has graduated with BA in fine arts from Tampere University of Applied Sciences in 2010. She works with moving image, photography and sculpture and combines them with installation. In her art she deals with human mind, the private layers of it, the inner space of human experience. Her works also deal with social questions, in a subtle way, revealing some hidden, slow process of life.
Vera Arjoma, I Didn’t Want To See It, 2010. Peep Show series
Luca Curci – When did you start practicing art and why?
Vera Arjoma – I try to get a grip of this existence, that’s why I do it. I’ve always wanted to be an artist, so I really don’t know the answear. It was the only option for me, but I question myself and my art works all the time. What is art practice anyway?
L.C. – Can you talk about your artistic work? Which are your inspirations?
V.A. – Human mind, limits of physicality, human cognition and social questions, these are my main inspirations at the moment. Art needs to touch me profoundly. I’m not interested in making art that is solely conceptual, but I don’t disapprove conceptual art. Conceptualisation is an important part of my artistic process, but I combine it with emotionality. You can’t always be sure whether my art is political or not. It’s up to the viewer.
Vera Arjoma, You’d even try-yourself!, 2010. Peep Show series
L.C. – What are you currently working on?
V.A. – I just finished a multi-media installation called Citius Altius Fortius that deals with energy production. I like to play with techinical things sometimes. It keeps me awake to do something out of my comfort zone, to learn new things. Now I’m working on a moving painting that deals with the limits of physical existence. There’s going to be special new music in it.
L.C. – What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
V.A. – Basically, I don’t listen to advices regarding artistic content. If I get into something on a feeling level, then I’m really stuck with my ideas and they can turn into obsessions. But maybe it is this: that I should just look at my pictures and find the right form for them. My teacher told this to me. I think it’s a good advice. Seeing is a basic thing in visual arts. But one can be afraid of seeing things though.
Vera Arjoma, Sleepwalker, 2009. Cinematic photographic series
L.C. – What is art for you?
V.A. – I think art is a way of relating towards life – and others. You think of life through art, ethics and aesthetics, experience their relationships. I can’t decide if art is something one does or something one has to live with. Lacan has said that we are born into language, but I think we are born into art. We can deal with it only through art!
L.C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?
V.A. – I think something like this is needed. It gives the possibility of bringing together artists from various backgrounds and increase the dialogue. I think it’s an interesting concept. This is an ambitious project and is very creative with different projects. I haven’t had a chance to meet the people from International ArtExpo yet, but I hope the opportunity will come!
Vera Arjoma, Untitled, 2013. Sculpture installation
L.C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?
V.A. – Of course it can. Artists are always interested in getting their art shown. They represent opportunities to represent art in international settings. It’s nice to get opportunities to show your art outside your local galleries. You never know who’s going to spot your art if you take part in Intrenational ArtExpo’s projects. Also you can get into knowing new insipiring artists, which is wonderful. These things can make it exiting to take part!