Anna Rikkinen, Finland

(b. 1976) 

Anna Rikkinen received her training at the South Carelia Polytechnic in Lappeenranta, Finland and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After graduating in 2004, Rikkinen has worked as an independent artist as well as a part-time curator and co-organizer of art-related events.

Not necessarily wearable ornaments, Anna Rikkinen’s works present a mode of beauty, blurring the boundaries between body and adornment, to foreground the object as experience. Rikkinen uses unconventional materials and sculptural forms to create artistic, baroque jewels. Her multilayered works contain theatrical romanticism mixed with longing and melancholy.

Extending from body-related objects and jewelry to serial work and installations, Rikkinen’s work has been shown in various venues as Gallery Platina, Stockholm (Sweden), Gallery Louise Smit, Amsterdam (NL), Gallery Caroline Van Hoek, Brussels (BE), The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Oslo, Norway, Galerie Handwerk, Munich (Germany), Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South-Korea, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nîmes (France), Imatra Art Museum, Oulu Art Museum and Design Museum, Helsinki (Finland).

After Marie-Antoinett

Free-blown glass, silver, textile, 70 x 40 x 12 cm

(Photo: Juhana Rikkinen)