Emma Ainala

Photo courtesy of Emma Ainala

Emma Ainala’s paintings contain references to popular culture, social media, the games and toys of the artist’s own childhood and, at the same time, to various periods of art history.

Ainala describes the mood of her paintings as film stills, as moments suspended from time, which have something strangely familiar and yet unidentified about them. Ainala’s paintings are a form of visual fun, a jungle of symbols, figures and elements. It is impossible to get a coherent impression of a painting all in one go, as more new details are constantly emerging. She is intrigued by the idea of convolutedness – of how things can be viewed from many different angles, instead of acceding to the pressure to package and squeeze them into some easily understandable form.

Human, and more specifically, female figures are central in Ainala’s work. The artist is interested in identities, human relations and female community and examines these in her work. For her painting is a way to make sense of the chaotic world we live in. She says “painting is pretty hard, but life is harder”.

Emma Ainala (b. 1989, Helsinki) lives and works in Savonlinna. She graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. Ainala’s solo exhibitions have been seen at Helsinki Contemporary and for example at Mikkeli Art Museum in 2017, at Galleria Huuto in Jätkäsaari in 2014 and at Hasan & Partners in 2013. Ainala has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions, e.g. Time that Remains at Helsinki Contemporary and Kunsthalle Helsinki’s Young Artists 2013 exhibition. In the spring of 2018 she took part in Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in Copenhagen, and her next museum solo will open at Jyväskylä Art Museum in the spring of 2019. Ainala's works are represented in such collections as Mikkeli Art Museum, Henna and Pertti Niemistö art collection and Saastamoinen Foundation's art collection.