Emma Rönnholm is a young visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated in 2011 from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. During her studies Emma participated in international workshops in Germany and Italy and longer student exchanges in Prague and Paris and she has held numerous exhibitions in Finland and abroad. In 2012 she was awarded the Stina Krooks stiftelse art prize and she was invited as the young artist of the year in galleria ForumBox in Helsinki.
Emma's objects and installations are a conceptual play with everyday materials. Recently she has been working with larger mechanical and motorized installations, where the movement transforms the familiar materials into something different. In "Days Gone By" from 2011, sheets of newspapers are moving up and down in mid air, like a flock of birds flying in slow motion. In "Let's Face the Music and Dance", 2012, old pictures of Emma's ancestors are motorized and perform a bittersweet dance macabre on the wall accompanied by music from the 30's and 40's.
In her first exhibition in Slovakia in T-Gallery Emma presents a collection of smaller works. The exhibition entitled "Souvenirs" features objects made of e.g. newspapers, hair and porcelain figures, that meditate on themes like silence, everyday routines and the passing of time.
Emma explains "It is said, that only when an everyday object looses its relevance and function, do we truly notice it. My artworks often start at this particular moment when familiar materials suddenly appear strange and absurd. These fallen apart objects suddenly raise questions, which become starting points to my works."
With the support of: Frame foundation and Arts promotion centre Finland