Päivikki Alaräihä

November 2016


I work with paintings on canvas and wall paintings. Constructing my exhibitions I am interested in how the works, gallery space and the exhibition praxis interact with the viewer’s interpretation. Paintings are seen in relation to each other and in relation to their surroundings, which in turn will be seen in a new light through the paintings. Although the exhibitions emphasize the site-specificness in the works, I want to maintain the independence of each work, the so-called self-sufficiency, and in the case of the canvas based paintings their objectness and detachment.

I mostly use abstract shapes, such as rectangles as the motif of my paintings. They do not directly represent anything, but as part of the exhibition one can find references to the environment in them, the rectangles, for example, seem related to the window boxes. My paintings are often extremely simplified, at first glance barely little more than empty surfaces. The lack of details invites on the one hand to a meditative viewing experience, and on the other hand to conceptual interpretations.


Päivikki Alaräihä (born 1982 in Yli-Ii, Finland) lives and works in Helsinki.


Image courtesy of the artist and Jussi Tiainen


  1. Soft, acrylic on paper and acrylate on wall, 2016
  2. A detail of Soft
  3. Tawny, White, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 60 cm, 2016
  4. From the side, acrylic on canvas, 65 x 82 cm, 2016
  5. White, Grey, acrylic on canvas, 62 x 74 cm, 2016
  6. Installation view from the Deep, acrylate on wall, in the exhibition Quite Alike, Not soft, 2016
  7. Hard, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm. 2016
  8. Installation view from the exhibition Discrete Arrangement in Punavuori, 2015
  9. Detail from Wall, acrylate on wall and acrylic on paper, 2015
  10. Installation view from the exhibition Discrete Arrangement in Punavuori, 2015