Karoliina Paappa
Chimera

18.5.2017–10.9.2017

CAT PEOPLE
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2015, EDITION 1/5
30X20 CM
430 €

MAKING AN ENTRANCE
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2014, EDITION 1/5
30X17 CM
430 €

BLUE GOWN
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2014, EDITION 1/5
20X27 CM
430 €

GIRL AND THE WHITE HORSE
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2012, EDITION 2/5
75X50 CM
925 €

DRAPES
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2014, EDITION 2/5
80X61 CM
990 €

KRISTIAN
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2012, EDITION 2/5
15X24 CM 
225 €

CAT ON THE FRONT OF A FIREPLACE
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2012, EDITION 3/5
15X23 CM 
225 €

GIRL AND THE HORSE
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2012, EDITION 2/5
70X47 CM
925 €

DOVE
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2012, EDITION 4/5
80X54 CM
950 €

GIRL AND THE TIGER
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2012, EDITION 4/5
75X50 CM
925 €

MILAVIDA
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2012, EDITION 1/5
80X54 CM
950 €

JEWELRY BOX
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2015, EDITION 1/5
40X27 CM 
480 €

GRAB
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2015, EDITION 1/5
30X20 CM
430 €

CLIVIA MINIATA
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2016, EDITION 1/5
30X21 CM 
430 €

DISOBEDIENNE
FROM THE SERIES
CHIMERA
2015, EDITION 1/5
30X20 CM 
430 €

Chimera

"In this series I process sorrow, the need to feel safe as well as the subsequent process of becoming whole and independent. The die-cut scrap characters allow me to take on different roles in order to deal with the emotions that are connected to my inner processes; using masks helps me distance myself from the topic. This method makes it possible to process painful issues in reasonable bits”.


The body of work has been photographed in installed spaces, in which Paappa built mental sceneries out of enlarged die-cut scraps and ready-made objects. She is attracted to their way of imitating reality and of telling stories by use of visual means. In the series the themes of narration, the experiential side, the magical realism and the relation of emotion to the architectural space are repeated. The roles of the characters evolve during the series as they gradually change from passive beings to active agents that create their own reality.

Karoliina Paappa

Karoliina Paappa (b. 1983) is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Paappa works mainly with photographic and installation art. She is interested in observing issues of individuals and wider issues of society and culture. Paappa graduated from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Department of Fine Art (2012). She has also done photography studies in the Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada. She studies currently at the Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. Her works have been exhibited e.g., in South Korea, Poland, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Italy and Greece. When not photographing Paappa wanders at rocky beaches and secret coffee spots.