Suhina (Swish), 2018
Acrylic and spraypaint on canvas
90 x 100 cm / 35.43 x 39.37 inches
Jenni Rope (b. 1977) is a versatile artist who also works as a print designer and creator of art books and public artworks. Originally trained as a graphic designer, Rope has designed prints for clients including Marimekko. She is the founder of flipbook publisher Napa Books, and she has created visuals for art and picture books for WSOY, Etana Editions, and Rooftop Press. Her public artworks can be viewed at the Helsinki University Library (Kaisa House) and the Kalasatama Health and Wellbeing Center in Helsinki. She is the 2016 winner of the Finnish Art Society’s William Thuring Prize.
Rope’s organic forms evoke impressions of human life, plants and natural phenomena, sometimes combined human-made structures. Rope is intrigued by synesthetic fusions of images, sounds, and words. She sees movements of wind and water captured in her brushwork and imagines whispering, rustling, and rumbling sounds flowing from the canvas. Movement is a key element also in her mobiles, which sway gently in a meditative rhythm. In their emphatic spatiality, these floating, spinning creations are the perfect companions to Rope’s paintings. They are like three-dimensional ever-fluctuating paintings that can be viewed from 360°.