'Camera is the extra eye, the magical eye'
Like an x-ray eye it zooms in and penetrates through time, space and layers
KirsiMarja Metsähuone examines in her work mainly memory, identity, body-related, feminist and social issues on one hand and urban charm & urban decay, the unpredictable dialog born out of the interaction between people and the urban environment on the other.
She has studied film and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and media arts at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (MFA).
Her works have been shown ie.
Italy in Museo Laboratorio d’Arte contemporanea, Palazzo Stelline, Maxxi, Fotografiche Associazione Culturale, Accademia di Romania;
USA in San Francisco galleries, Chigaco, Minneapolis, Torrence Art Museum Los Angeles, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Cinematheque San Francisco;
Finland at TR1-Kunsthalle Photographic Centre Nykyaika, Porvoo Kunsthalle, Kiasma, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finnish National Archive; Galleries including Jangva, Muu, Taidesalonki, Laterna Magica, Rantakasarmi, Å, Cable, Aarni, Lasipalatsi;
Film festivals in Europe, North & South America: Cinesonika International Video Festival Vancouver, Video Bardo International Videopoetry Festival Buenos Aires, Image Contre Nature Festival Marseilles, ISEA Manchester, Madatac VideoArt Festival Madrid, Sardinia Film Festival, Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, International Traverse Vidéo Festival Toulouse.
She is interested in non-narrative in film & video and narration in photographic expression. Often she works with image-text hybrids.
Inspired by illusion of motion, movement and time her art recurrently focuses on the moment when stills become images in motion and on the indefinable "in-between-space" when photography no longer represents merely a still image nor is moving image either.
Her experimental short films without a traditional narrative are often cyclical relying on repetition, occasional appropriated imagery, close-ups and semi-abstract ambiguity.
Her photographs center either on urban subject matters or are self-portrait like, identity and memory related. Frequently her performative photographic projects employ improvisational techniques.
Her collages can be seen as film frames laid flat or merged together in transparent compositions. In collages the movement is multidirectional and all the 'frames' can be seen at once and combined in countless ways unlike the predetermined frames of films.
Besides her own artistic work she has extensive experience in teaching art, animation, video, film, photography and digital media to children, teens, art students, artists and general public.