The Finnish school teacher
I've been assembling a web page -- and blog entry -- on Finnish sculpture --
because it turns out --
I like it --
But in the meantime, I ran across an octogenarian Finnish grade school teacher,
who's one of the great living sculptors of Finland (or anywhere)
No -- she wasn't just a fussy school teacher who took up sculpture in her spare time -- she was the student of another great Finnish sculptor, Essi Renvall (1911-1979) a woman whom I'll discuss later.
And you can tell by the above drawing, she went to a serious art school, can't you ?
Or... try this drawing .... a little more expressive ... a little more Finnish.
That's the thing about all this Finnish work -- it feels just a little different from sculpture from the other Baltic countries.
(note: she did a lot of cute stuff -- which doesn't thrill me -- so I'm showing a small part of her oeuvre that might not be considered representative)
As you can see above -- she's not sloppy in designing her surrounding space --
which is what distinguishes *sculpture* from toys and taxidermy.
And she even has a vision for *Woman* -- as well s *Cat*) --
(and how I wish these jpg's were 10X larger !)
These are proud, determined, strong young women
(and I don't even think they know they're naked !)
And one more thing about my favorite school teacher....
These two pieces above were made in the late 1990's--
i.e. the artist was about seventy -- and seemed to be stronger than ever...
as opposed to so many of her countrymen who radically changed style to accommodate the contemporary art world.
Raili seems to have left the art world after she left art school.