Vivi-Mari Carpelan, a Finnish artist resident in Mid-Wales and married to British artist Martin Herbert, has created symbolic images since 1991. Afflicted with a chronic illness since childhood, it comes naturally to her to explore emotional issues of belonging versus not belonging in a society mostly designed for people with wealth and health. Her work expresses paradox, as a fundamental and crucial characteristic of reality. While ill health and alienation are linked with shame and helplessness, these can also give rise to strength of character, deeper insights into matters of life and death, and the advantage of a more objective viewpoint in regards to society at large.
To read more about Vivi-Mari visit her page at www.outsidein.org.uk/vivi-mari-carpelan
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