I am a Sámi artist from Finland. I explore forms of complexity through traditional blacksmith techniques. My work is a modern representation of this ancient craft. With it, I express the roughness and sensitivity of the northern landscape and the mythology of the Sámi. I use the plasticity of hot iron to create multilayered forms that relate to my Sámi ancestry and my home region’s flora. For me, the concept that material has life is vital, one which holds a spirit and body of life within the form.

My work reflects my experience growing up in a culture where spirits were part of everyday life. Their shapes show the movement of snow when it is piling up on the fells. The layers express the geology of the rough-hewn landscape of the arctic. They depict the state of serenity, between life and death, between resisting and submitting. The entwined uneven beauty of the northern landscape, and the old stories form images in my mind. I fold these thoughts to understand fading memories and traditions by telling stories of my culture.

My art is an intuitive dialogue between the material and the maker. I provide the skills at hand, and the iron guides me through the process. Using salvaged metal is central to my working method, as it shows that the material has once been alive. Re-forming only proves that the material is eternal, taking infinite shapes as time moves on. My creativity is closely connected to a deep respect for nature and circular understanding of time. My art is a work of hands, and through it, I convey my cultural heritage.


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