Kaarina Sepponen’s career as a multidimensional artist has gone
through many changes; from the 1960’s Finnish Informalism via
Expessionism to her current Concretism. Finnish critics laud her
courage and creative energy in searching for – and finally recognizing
- the “right” style of expressing her art. In her own words, Kaarina
gets her ideas from her inner universe, nature, or, at times, from
urban environment. The primary work is performed on graph paper. She
develops the themes until everything extra or amorphous has been
removed. The final process to produce the piece, be it a serigraphy
original, painting, or a sculpture, is then rather mechanical, careful
craftmanship. In Kaarina’s art, pieces consisting of many parts are
predominant: the event of a picture develops in a systematic series.
/From My Diary III (diptyykki) 2004 mixed media120x180 cm.
/ From My Diary III (diptyykki) 2004 mixed media 2x120x90 cm.
/From My Diary III (diptyykki) 2004 mixed media 2x120x90 cm.
My Diary III (diptyykki) 2004 mixed media 120x90 cm.
Kaarina employs strong color and shape contrasts that are repeated to
gain a kinetic impression. In the multi-piece works, an impression of
a kinetic story, or a sequence of events is achieved. She is also
ready to exploits a 3D space illusion if the subject so requires.
Concretism, then, is a kind of a fortress, from which Kaarina does her
experimental sorties to various daring impressions of space and
movement. The searching has changed into experimenting: the inner
Expressionist fuels the Concretist whose task it is to steer the
artist deliberately in achieving the correct goal. That is, to
organize the chaos. According to a renowned Finnish art critic, Hannu
Castrén, Kaarina’s most individual works consist of those in which the
inner-Expressionist is in a dialogue with the inner-Concretist. “The
result ... [is] ... by no means a compromise, but rather a
co-crystallization resulting in a product in which the
[Expressionistic and Concretistic] components cannot be separated
“Also, the stiff-necked Concretism [as a style] has had to become
malleable by [Kaarina’s] feminine elan vital” .