Mari Hokkanen is a photo artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Her self-portraits are narrative, enacted episodes, mostly set in colorful installations, built from recycled materials. Her surrealistic scenes deal with serious issues but often there is an element of wit and humour to her work; sometimes dark or deadpan, other times playful and childlike. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, for example in Scotland, Estonia and Germany.
My pictures in Room of Colors explore the cultural history and use of colours by examining the meanings and emotions ascribed to them.
Colours became for me a tool, or actually a game with simple rules I laid down beforehand: Always paint the same five square metre space with a different colour. Use the space to show the emotion evoked by the colour, its cultural, historical or subjective meaning or a combination of meanings. Use only a minimum amount of scenery and props. Leave the colour room to express itself.