Raija Jokinen’s art sits at a crossroads between painting, sculpting, and stitching. While Jokinen’s method of work could be compared to painting and drawing, the paint is replaced with fiber, while stitching is used to form the illustrated lines. As such, her artwork tends to explore the borderlines of physical and immaterial feelings.
“My works may reveal the idea with a figurative or an abstract, many-faced and delicate manner,” she writes on her website. “I like to break intangible things into pieces and, in a way, rename or reorganize them by using the material structure.”
Her subjects most often revolve around the human body, as she focuses on such detail as skin, blood vessels, and nerve tracks. “I am looking for analogies to the material and immaterial structures and the closest features appear in own our bodies,” she writes. “Very often in these cases, the question arises about what is really tangible and what is not and where is the borderline between physical things and emotions.”
According to Jokinen, visual allegories can be found in almost all living organisms, and her work is there to articulate these allegories. Scroll down to see some of her intricate work.