Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

  • Elli Maanpää: Fishing Luck, Acrylic paint on wooden butter knife and recycled frame, 38x29cm, 2020

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OBJECTS REIMAGINED

Elli Maanpää 2020 // Acrylic paintings on stuff

I’ve collected these treasures from recycling bins all over Helsinki. These little canvases are both inspirational, ecological and budget friendly. That plexiglass on “Behind the Window” I dumpster dived on the day the Museum of Finnish Architecture was moving to a new location. I painted the bird on the other side of the glass so it had to be painted on opposite order: from details to the whole. The glass jar in “Think Outside the Jar” and “Holy Freedom” was used for mixing paints before it turned into an art work.

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“Butterfly Beneficiary” is painted on a wooden sailor teddy bear photograph frame. The painting is based on a saying that I heard when I was living in Malaysia 2009. Someone told me that when a butterfly landed on my nose that it meant I was lucky and I was gonna get married. I was glad about the luck but I wasn’t so excited about the marriage. “I’m not sure yet” I wanted to tell the butterfly “Don’t make me your beneficiary“.

In old days marriage was a way for women to break free from their parents care. To become women instead of a child in the eye of society. In modern day – in Western world like Finland – it’s not the case. There’s the whole world to experience as an individual. None of which needs a marriage. There’s nothing wrong with husbands and wives – especially the nice kind that make you good coffee in the mornings. But butterfly: Don’t bless women with marriage. Bless them with wisdom, fortune and good health.

EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020, Pinnan Yli, Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki