I try to capture the fragile beauty and emotions of a fleeting moment lost in time. The name of the series is ‘Kaiho’ meaning ‘Nostalgia’ in Finnish. At the end of the day, all we have is nothing but moments. Hence a small piece of painting is placed on a big piece of paper justifying the void.
Each box shows different subjects such as the imperfect beauty of old colorful houses, dead flowers, the reminiscence of a dried flower lost in the pages of a book, the smell of soil after the rains, the swirl of a warm latte on a cold winter day, the mystery of an unknown road, etc. These moments bring a certain sense of longing and melancholia for things lost in life.
The melancholic combination of some fresh and some dead flowers show this sweet reminiscing feeling of happiness when someone gives you a flowers.
The hanging lights are lights of hope and happiness and each hanging light is a symbol of that nostalgic moment in the past that was once cherished and now lost.
A window is a door to countless happenings and complexities of the outer world. The curiosity that it evokes when you see life and hustle bustle outside of your own invokes a sense of escapism and a need to run away from one’s own life and be more engrossed in someone else that is seen through the view from a window.
Dried flowers in a book
The hope to keep things and memories alive and the idea of reliving the past compels us to cage them and save for what we have and for what it remains. The clustered circles interpreted as flowers dried and sandwiched in between two red boxes that represent the cover of an old book.
Air in my hair
The feeling and the rush of happiness that one derives when we run barefoot through a field of flowers and the sense of escapism makes it all worthwhile. The different circles show the endless fields and lost roads of hope.
The concept of death and decay is shown through a dried and dead rose.
This painting represents that everything is temporary and all we have is memories, nostalgia and moments all lost in time. Hence most of the painting is empty as that represent the nothingness of this life and yellow represents the moments we have.
Colorful houses lost in memory
The colorful boxes represent houses lost in the memory lane.
The curiosity and urge for escapism leads to a path unknown that is linear, simple and tree lined. The three parallel lines represent the journey and the path traveled and the circles around represent the trees and fauna.
I hand draw fashion illustrations and use paper as collage to emphasize the background of the work. I use this technique to bridge the gap between a drawing and a photograph by adding elements of both. Later, I paint them with watercolors.
I strive to make each piece look like a piece of art than just a fashion illustration