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VEERA KULJU

Veera Kulju, photo by Ilkka Kärkkäinen 

Artist Veera Kulju describes herself as a “hybrid of a curious, random minded artist and a rational, business orientated designer.” She uses ceramics and textiles in her work, layering multiple small elements with slight variations to create larger meanings. Working predominantly in black or white glazed clay, she experiments with unexpected materials and motifs.

In Kulju’s Popcorn series, the artist uses actual popcorn, mixing it into porcelain to transform a popular snack into a refined artistic element. In this series she often uses pigment or gold leaf to heighten the texture and emphasize the materiality of the media. In her most recent Mirror series, Kulju plays with the viewer’s sense of perception, as the works only reference the shape and scale of mirrors, not actually featuring any reflective qualities.

Kulju studied at Aalto University and was a visiting artist at the Arabia Art Department in 2017 – 2018. Her work was commissioned to be included in the Finnish State Art Collection and was recently acquired by the NationalMuseum in Stockholm. She has exhibited widely throughout Finland and abroad.

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VEERA KULJU

b. 1975, Finland

EDUCATION

2005–2010 Aalto-university, School of Art and Design, Helsinki Applied Art and Design, MA
2001–2005 Lahti University of Applied Sience / Institute of Design, Experimental Design, BA
2004 School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Exchange Studies
1997–2000  Vihti School of Art and Craft, Interior textiles, Artesan

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Sounds of Silence, Konsthantverkarna gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2018 NAKU, Mältinranta Artcenter Studio, Tampere 
2018 Holy Wood, ARTag gallery, Helsinki

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Taidekeskus itä, Riutta, Lappeenranta, Finland / Metso&Kulju
Coming Home III, LOKAL Gallery, Helsinki
Hostler & Burrows gallery, New York
RE/DEFINING FINNISH CONTEMPORARY ART & DESIGN / Spazio Nobile Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
London Design Week  / Adorno gallery
CHART Design  /  Lokal gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
PERSPECTIVES Arabia Art Department Society summer exhibition, Iittala & Arabia Design Centre Helsinki
Coming Home II, LOKAL Gallery, Helsinki
Collectible / LOKAL Gallery, Brussels
RE/DEFINING FINNISH CONTEMPORARY ART & DESIGN, The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux & Spazio Nobile Gallery:
        Collectible, Brussels
        Institut Finlandais, Paris 
        Spazio Nobile Gallery, Brussels

2018
Coming Home, Lokal Gallery, Helsinki
Juhlat, curated by Lokal Gallery, Institut finlandais, Paris
CHART Design, curated by Lokal Gallery, Copenhagen
Fiskars Summer House Exhibition, Fiskars
TypoCraftHelsinki, Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús Island
LINE, Lokal Gallery, Helsinki

2017
ENCHANTED FOREST Lokal Gallery, Helsinki
TYPOCRAFT, Lokal Gallery, Helsinki
KISSES AND POPCORN, Arabia Art Department Society, Designcentre, Helsinki 

2016
YHES, Lokal Gallery, Helsinki
HABITARE Ahead, Signals & ASUN, Helsinki
SMARAGDUS, Lokal Gallery, Helsinki

2015
UKLY TRUTH, HABITARE Block area, Helsinki

2013
ANOTHER SETTING, Lokal Gallery, Helsinki
GIVE A NEW LIFE, MONA the Museum of New Art, Pärnu

2012
HIRAMEKI HIMMELI, Tokyo
FINNISH DESIGN UNWRAPPED, Istanbul Design Biennal
YHTEINEN PÖYTÄ gathering, Empiresali Helsinki
EVERYDAY DISCOVERIES, Suvilahti Helsinki
PROTOSHOP, Habitare Ahead! Helsinki
FINNISH DESIGN UNWRAPPED, Design Museum, Helsinki 

2011 
HELL LOOKS, Antwerpen
FINNISH DESIGN UNWRAPPED, London Design Festival 
PROTOSHOP, Habitare Ahead!, Helsinki
DMY International Design Festival, Berlin
AWAKE, Argos Young Designers at Argosshall, Helsinki 
OPEN 140, Design Museum, Helsinki
MASTERS OF ARTS 2011, Salmisaarentalo Helsinki

2008 
NICE08, Nordic Art and Culture Festival, Bluecoat, Liverpool
100 SHOW, Helsinki Design Week, Cable Factory, Helsinki 
WANDERING, European Commission Representation, London 
FENNOFOLK, New Nordic Oddity, Design Museum, Helsinki 
THIS IS ME WHO ARE YOU, Young Designers, Argoshall, Helsinki 
100% FINLANDE, Helsinki á Saint Suplice, Paris

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

2019 The Nationalmuseum Stockolm
2019 Finnish State Art Commission Collections
2017 Arabia Art Department Society collections

GRANTS

2019 Arts Council of Finland, project grant 
2018 Finnish Cultural Foundation grant for 1.7.2019–3.6.2020
2018 Finnish Cultural Foundation grant for 1.7.2018–3.6.2019
2017 Arts Council of Finland, grant for 1.1.–30.6.2018
2017 Arts Council of Finland, Public Display Grants for five moths work
2017 Arts Council of Finland, project grant
2017 Arts Council of Finland, grant for 1.1.–30.6.2017

RESIDENCIES

2018 Arabia Art Department Society, Visiting Artist
2017 Arabia Art Department Society, Visiting Artist

MEMBERSHIPS

The Association of Finnish Sculptors
Ornamo
Artists O
The Jewellery Art Association

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