Marikka Kiirikoff (born 1974, Vantaa, Finland) lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated from the Finnish Academy of fine arts in 2002 with a master’s degree. Kiirikoff has taken part in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad and has held several solo exhibitions in Finland.
As a painter my works are focused on exploring different painting techniques and capturing a moment of spontaneity in the process. Painting is a deep state of mind through which the conscious and unconscious merge to form a sense of unity. My works can been seen as organically expressive still somehow consciously decorative.
An essential part of my work, which is almost compulsive, is the depiction of the human figure or parts of it, especially presented from a psychological perspective.
The starting point of the figure is an icon like “primal image”, which embodies some kind of introverted force. I use often symbols and episodes of the collective unconscious. However, the figure expresses the loss of something essential and there is a sense of longing.