INFO (in english)

Heta Laitakari
Tapionkatu 13 E 42
33500 Tampere
www.hetalaitakari.com
laitakari.heta@gmail.com
044-5622444

Education

2013-17
The Basics and Advanced training of Art Casting, The Foundry Institute, Tampere, Finland
2004-05
Specializing Studies in Colour Photography, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland
2001
Visual Artist, Environmental Art, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Grants

2017
Finnish Cultural Foundation Pirkanmaa Regional Fund one-year working grant
2016
Arts Promotion Centre Finland 3 month working grant

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2016
Gallery Saskia, Tampere, Finland
Gallery Becker, Jyväskylä, Finland
Gallery Å, Turku, Finland
2015
Ronga Gallery, Tampere, Finland
2014
Voipaala Art Centre, Invitation Exhibition, Finland
2013
Promenadigalleria, Hyvinkää, Finland
2012
Varikko Gallery, Seinäjoki, Finland
2011
Tampere Maja, Tartu, Estonia
Artcenter Mältinranta, Studio, Tampere, Finland
2010
Ronga Gallery, Tampere, Finland
Seinäjoki Art Hall, Studio, Seinäjoki, Finland
2009
Ronga Gallery, Tampere, Finland

Latest articles

09.12.2016
Aamulehti, review of a solo exhibition in Gallery Saskia
06.12.2016
Art blogger Nokkonen, review of a solo exhibition
11.10.2016
Keskisuomalainen, review of a solo exhibition in Gallery Becker
28.09.2016
Suur-Jyväskylän lehti, review of a solo exhibition
29.05.2016
Turun Sanomat, review of a solo exhibition in Gallery Å
19.04.2016
Art blogger Nokkonen, review of a group exhibition
02.03.2016
Forssan lehti, about my jyry resbonsibility
28.10.2015
Länsi-Suomi, Gallery Gylich, review of a group exhibition
04.08.2015
Aamulehti, review of a solo exhibition
12.08.2015
Ylöjärven Uutiset, review of a solo exhibition
25.06.2015
Aamulehti, review of a group exhibition in Haihara artcentre
21.05.2015
Le Cool -event website, review about my work

Joint and group exhibitions, happenings (selected)

2016
Art Selling Exhibition, Artcenter Mältinranta, Tampere
Christmas Salon, Ronga Gallery, Finland
Art Selling Spring Exhibition, Artcenter Mältinranta, Tampere, Finland
Primetrases, Ronga Gallery
2015
Art Selling Exhibition, Artcenter Mältinranta
Changing Matters, Gallery Gylich, Vuojoki Mansion, Eurajoki, Finland
14th World Art Print-Mini Print 2015, Lessendra Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria (j)
Konstrundan, Tampere (j)
Volume, Haihara Art Centre, Tampere, Finland
Art Orientation, Tampere, Finland
2014
Tampere Art Fair, Tampere, Finland
5-year Anniversary Exhibition, Ronga Gallery, Tampere, Finland
Pop Up Gallery, Encore, Pori, Finland
An artist without a name, Artcenter Mältinranta, Tampere, Finland
Gallery of Teijo Masuuni, with Kristiina Sario and Katri Mononen, Teijo, Finland
Woods -Theme Exhibition, Ronga Gallery, Tampere, Finland
Tampere Art Fair, Tampere, Finland
Art House Nokia, Anniversary exhibition (j)
2013
Pop Up Gallery, Aleksis Kiven Katu, Tampere, Finland
4t-Art Window at Malkki, Tampere, Finland
Pop Up Gallery, Pori, Finland
Art Orientation, Tampere, Finland
2012
Pop Up Gallery, Tampere, Finland
Art–Nature–Ecology, International Workshop, Art Nuuttila – Art Center, Virrat, Finland (j)
Sister – Group Exhibition, Cultural Centre Jaatsi, Sastamala, Finland
2011
Christmas Salon, Ronga Gallery, Tampere, Finland
From the Forest – Invitation Exhibition, Haihara Art Centre, Tampere, Finland (j)
Naive Women – Group Exhibition, Taidekirnu, Mouhijärvi, Tampere
2010
Light – Group Exhibition, Ronga Gallery, Tampere, Finland
2008
Hirvitalo – Center of Contemporary Art Pispala, Tampere, Finland
2005
Backlight, Photo Festival, Tampere, Finland
2004
Gallery Rajatila, Tampere, Finland
Näkymä, Karu Miina Group, Toijala, Finland
2003
Galleria Kipinä, Karu Miina Group, Lahti, Finland
Titanik Gallery, People’s Gallery Happening, Turku, Finland
2002
Summer Exhibition, with Kirsti Taiviola and Terhi Laitakari, Viljamakasiini, Ruovesi, Finland
Paradise, Karu Miina Group, Tartu Art House, Estonia
Taidetta jakeluun, Tampere, Finland
2001
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, Karu Miina Group, Tampere, Finland
Graduation Exhibition, Tampere University of Applied Scienses, Finland

Other activities

2016
Jyry, The Foundry Institute, Annual Exhibition, Tampere, Finland
2016
Jyry, Kuhankosken Kilta, Annual Exhibition, Forssa, Finland
2015
Artist-in-Residence, Guestatelier Hollufgård, Odense, Denmark
Assistant, Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland (3.3.2014-30.4.2015)
2014
Exhibition guard, Majaoja Foundation, Tampere, Finland
2013
Shop assistant, Arteljee, Tampere
2011
Teaching jobs in Piirto, Ylöjärvi, Finland
2010-11
Teaching jobs, Culture Workshop, Vuoltsu Youth Centre, Tampere, Finland
2010
Art Lending Service assistant and exhibition guard, Artcenter Mältinranta, Tampere, Finlad
2005-2008
Assistant, Visual Artist Tuula Lehtinen, Tampere, Finland

Memberships

2012-
Pop Up Art Group, Tampere, Finland
2010
Tampere Artists’ Association, Tampere, Finland
2008
AvaraTaide ry, founder member, exhibition committee (Ronga Gallery is managed by AvaraTaide artists’ association in Tampere), Tampere

Statement

I create my artworks out of light and concrete materials. Light and shades of dark are the means with which I lead the person seeing and experiencing the artwork to a place of calmness. The light domes with drawings on them are kind of thought bubbles of memories of trees and of hopes for the future. I have adopted the shape for the light domes from the the seeds and seed capsules of different plants. To me, the seeds represent knowledge and power. The light, in turn, represents wisdom.I am examining the memory of a seed and the mutation of plants through art. Plant mutations are common and we humans often cause them to increase in number by our own actions. Though storylike elemets are characteristic of my artistic expression, they do not exclude the factual state to which we have driven the environment.