Elina Vainio’s artistic practice is a tool that enables her to take an active role in calling attention to the delusive division between culture and nature. It gives her agency to question and press the divide in order to consider how precarious life is, how abruptly things can come to a halt, how easily conveniences and comforts can obscure the realities of primary production and logistics, and how nature is not out there but in us, sustaining the human realm.
Her works often take the form of pared-down installations or site-specific compositions, where she draws attention to how everything is constantly changing, how much we do not understand and what limits language might bring. Vainio’s conceptually driven practice leans on intuition and is much affected by an unwavering curiosity towards materials and their properties. Lately, she has also been paying attention to different social interactions, the power of free association and the unforeseen connections that arise in exchanges of acceptance and openness.
Vainio lives and works in Helsinki, Finland, where she graduated with an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. She holds a BFA from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK.