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Elina Vainio’s works often draw attention to conditions that sustain or diminish prospects of beings and organisms in their indefinite forms. She is a keen amateur student of geology and an observer of rock strata, which as veins, bands, beds, dunes, and other deposits bear the weight of time and stretch our conceptions of it. Lately Vainio has also been paying attention to social interactions, the power of free association and 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.