Taru Liikanen, Paintings, May 2022


Entresse Library, Espoo

Art Exhibition: 17 May - 12 Jun 2022

Paintings depict inky embraces. Looks like lovers have finally wound up in each other´s arms. In movies the love stories seem to find fulfillment with kisses and embraces but is that all there is?

Romantic love is deeply connected with our hopes and dreams. In this whirlwind of emotions, individuals bring their own perceptions and expectations together, with sometimes unexpected results. Questions arise. Where does reality overlap with what is supposed to be? What if it doesn´t feel like you thought it would feel like?


  • ARTIST: Taru Liikanen
  • EXHIBITION HELD: 5 / 2022
  • TECHNIQUE: Ink on paper
  • EXHIBITION SIZE: 9 pieces




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This collection of 9 works by Taru Liikanen (MA) studies the themes of seeking love, cinema, and art. Depictions of embraces, kisses, and fulfillment (or lack thereof) are portrayed. Techniques used include explorations of ink on paper, with varied sizes.

Meanings that are unattainable with other methods than art are the realm of Taru Liikanen. She is an artist and educator by heart and training. Her artwork explores and builds upon concepts that are ever-present in cinema: hopes, dreams, fears, love, and contradictions. Similar to how cinema brings to life concepts of fantasy, Liikanen's art brings to life that which is otherwise under the surface, unseen, yet often intimately felt.


Photo credit: Tero Liikanen