Emma Ainala

Photo: Veera Konsti

Emma Ainala is known for her intricate, detailed works that explore mythologies and a variety of spaces, both physical and digital – some even imagined. The human body, with its ambivalent gestures and expressions, is at the center of the works, being the object of the gaze and objectification are recurring themes. Her dreamlike paintings are at the same time very much in the present and contain references to art and cultural history. The thoughtful symbolism of the interiors of the works and the fragmented, dense surface enable several different interpretations and visits to parallel realities. Ainala's carefully stylized paintings are like performances of some unfinished and mysterious situation.

Emma Ainala (b. 1989) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, in 2013, and has exhibited actively since. Ainala's solo and group exhibitions include CHART Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark (2022), Hyvinkää Art Museum, Hyvinkää, Finland (2020), Finlandsinstitutets galleri, Stockholm, Sweden (2020), Jyväskylä Art Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland (2019), Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland (2017) and Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark (2018). Ainala is represented in numerous public collections, such as Niemistö Collection and Saastamoinen Foundation.