Hei! I’m Suvi Solkio (née Aarnio) – an artist, concept maker, advisor, project manager and all over boss lady! I live and work in an old villageshop, nearby Turku, Finland.
”I believe in expertise by experience and making things happen, not by waiting for others to do it for me but with me. Since graduating in 2001 (Tampere Polytechnic / School of Art and Media) I have worked from public to private sector as an artist, concept maker, advisor, project manager and all over boss lady.
At the core of my complex professional history are sharing (creativity, thoughts, opinions and time) and building projects and structures together with communities, mostly in peripheral context. Instead of making objects, the results are mostly experienced as inclusive events, workshops, services or other collective moments. Some temporary and some long lasting.
In the past, i have for instance promoted the development of neighborhood identity and vibrancy through conducting international artist-in-residence activities, revived unused suburban areas by working as an art janitor and improved the artistic business logics by collaborating with different administrative organizations. My past employers include e.g. the Arts Promotion Centre Finland / Taike (2015-18), the Dance Centre of Western Finland (2012-13), the City of Turku / Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture (2009-12), Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum (2005-08), and Raumars Artist in Residence Program (2002-05).
In addition, i have co-created a self-supporting Finnish burlesque subculture from a scratch. The work include creative direction and production of annual, international events, conducting workshops and other educational events, performing and publishing an underground magazine. In this field, my clients include for example different festivals (Vinokino, Love & Anarchy, Art Fair Suomi, Pride, Lainsuojattomat) and organizations (Kiasma, Turku City Theatre, Södra Teatern, University of Turku).
Although hailing from mostly local, Finnish perspective, my work has been presented and exhibited also in Sweden, Estonia, U.K, The United States, Slovenia, Croatia, Ireland and Germany.
What ever time is left, i spend embroidering – painting, drawing and experimenting with a needle and thread. I find craft to be a perfect contrast to the hustle and bustle of my other work, which is filled with social wizardy, networking, flexibility, democratic decision making and responsibilities. And i also enjoy walking with my dog in the forest, or trying new vegan recipes. Or gardening and renovating our home in an old village shop. And taking naps!”