I have been a full-time visual artist for some years now. Before that I worked as a primary school teacher for some forty years. That means I shared a great deal of my creative moments with children and teen-agers. Alongside my work I travelled on art trips, painted, and in particular in the last years immersed myself in the art of sculpture.
My bronze sculptures have featured in a number of juried joined exhibitions as well as in individual exhibitions in Finland. I was also active in art societies for about a decade – of which two years as the chair. But now I direct all my creative energy exclusively towards my art.
Bronze casting has a number of steps, which means that you can only produce a few sculptures a year. Working on bronze is hard but rewarding, like the material itself. My art work is inspired by the home, nature, people, and animals. My sculptures bring about stories and fairly-tales that take on an imaginative life of their own. For an artist, time flies. Perhaps that is also why many of my bronze figures have acquired wings.
In my latest individual exhibition, I merged old photographs with my sculptures. Glass and bronze go very nicely together. A lacy surface gives a light touch even to the heaviest of sculptures.
You can learn more about my art on Instagram (@paulakyllikkimikkila) or on my home page where you can also find my CV.