Five questions to Saara Mesterton

Five questions to Saara Mesterton

Saara Mesterton art work is influenced by Bauhaus modernism and foremost by the colour thinking of Josef Albers. The 1958 born artist lives and works in Kerava, a small town close to Helsinki.

How did you get into art?

I was born and grew up in a small town Kuhmo well-known for its International Chamber Music Festival. I became a music student and I went to Rome to study italian vocal music. Italian visual culture and visual artists I met there had a huge impact on me. When I returned to Helsinki I turned from my musical studies into visual arts.



How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

Colour plays important role in my paintings. I move between abstract and figurative. Recognizable spaces and shapes are created from different colourfields. I work hard to find the right tone and value to each colour. Although my paintings are quite abstract, they are based on a message or a statement. I always work with a problem or an idea that  bothers me.

Recently I started to use variations of my paintings using AI in collaboration with Hannu Töyrylä.

How do you go about developing your work?

I paint a lot and do all kinds of experiments and sketches. When I start a new piece, I have a pretty good feel for what I want to achieve and say with this work.

Who or what influences you?

I walk in nature, listen to classical and contemporary music, however never while painting. I go to concerts and exhibitions, and I read a lot. 

Make us curious. What is planned next?

I have started a joint project with researcher and AI artist Hannu Töyrylä on themes related to cultural history.