Karoliina Paappa makes landscapes out of enlarged die-cut scraps and ready-made objects. These created worlds are influenced by dioramas and the way they imitate reality, telling stories through visual means. The scenes Karoliina constructs draw the viewer into an environment that mixes solitary experience with collective memory, magical realism with the everyday.
Models in masks are placed in a contradictory world of doves and tigers, or in stark empty rooms. The viewers’ focus is directed to eerily familiar emotional landscapes where the shifting narrative quietly unnerves and unsettles. These staged tableaux offer a glimpse of a world that is carefully balanced in a timeless moment.
Karoliina Paappa was born in Finland in 1983. She graduated from the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Department of Fine Art, in 2012, and has also studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada. She has exhibited widely in South Korea, Poland, Estonia, Sweden, Germany and Greece. Her work has also been featured in several film festivals and happenings in Finland and internationally.
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