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Painting, Red Dot Miami

Satu Heikkilä (°1980, Hämeenlinna, Finland) is a self taught alcohol ink artist living and working in Elimäki, Finland. Nature is a close and important part of her life and she finds her inspiration from nature’s beauty. 

For Satu, art has always been a way to express herself. She was 9 years old when a local artist introduced the world of painting to her and she hasn’t stopped painting ever since.

Satu used to paint with oils and acrylics but after she found alcohol inks, they soon became her favourite media. She loves how the different inks flow on paper and how they almost have a mind of their own. It’s not the easiest medium to work with but she loves challenges.

By applying abstraction, Heikkilä tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations. By using airbrush, straws and even just her breath, Satu Heikkilä has evolved her own, exceptional design on her creations.

Her paintings sometimes radiate a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, she creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.


Her work doesn’t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By emphasising aesthetics, she seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.

Her works never show the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality. Satu Heikkilä currently lives and works in Elimäki.