Helsinki Kunst

White Noise. Rose-Mari Torpo

A relentless noise that prevents other sounds from invading our auditory perception; a noise made of the entire spectrum of sound frequencies, in a harmonic way, without any of them being distinguishable from the others; this is what we normally call white noise, since white is the combination of the entire light spectrum that contains all the colours.
Rose-Mari Torpo, White Noise, tm•galleria, 2021, Photo: Marko Mäkinen
Rose-Mari Torpo, White Noise, tm•galleria, 2021, Photo: Marko Mäkinen

It is something akin to an out of tune analog television, on whose screen appears the so-called snow effect which indicates the lack of reception of channels and produces a constant rustle with a relaxing effect. It is starting from this void that, if observed long enough, activates our senses to induce the re- enactment of images from the unconscious. These are unclearly defined images; they are floating, with indeterminate boundaries, not caged inside the prison of the form but fleeting like a sudden memory, fleeting like an unexpected emotion. Rose-Mari Torpo’s painting gives back to the observer a very similar feeling as the aforementioned concept. It gives relevance to images that emerge from inwardness. Originating from a free and gestural approach, her abstract compositions investigate movement, rhythm, layering and spaces created by the colour. Although it is the result of an assiduous experimentation with different colours and materials, her fresh work offers itself with great immediacy.

Torpo creates fluid compositions giving the impression of continuous movement, which in turn is a metaphor that stands for incessant research.

Prism, 2021, mixed media on canvas and polyester, 42x42 cm, Photo: Marko Mäkinen
Prism, 2021, mixed media on canvas and polyester, 42×42 cm, Photo: Marko Mäkinen

The artist experiments with different media, ranging from canvas, paper, polyester to readymade found materials and paints them with spray paints, acrylic colours or inks. For the latest cycle of artwork presented in this exhibition, she worked with iridescent materials capable of reflecting light. In this way the appearance of the work itself changes with the changing of the observer’s point of view. These peculiar materials add further dynamism to a composition already characterised by delicate iridescent effects.

Rose-Mari Torpo, Blueberry Fingers, 2021, mixed media on canvas, 70x70 cm
Rose-Mari Torpo, Blueberry Fingers, 2021, mixed media on canvas, 70×70 cm

Sometimes similar to atmospheric dust, in other cases fluid, in others even more solid and congealed, Torpo’s painting dwells on basic issues such as the combination of colour, line and form. Its structural indeterminacy corresponds to an emotional work that remains consciously suspended and changeable, beyond the figuration. It almost seems that Rose-Mari Torpo infuses an internal movement into her painting; something passing from expansion to contraction, from fullness to emptiness, as though her own work breathed somehow.

Her multi-sensory approach, capable of evoking multiple sensations, has been possible thanks to the mixture of different materials. In this way, from the white noise, a multitude of mental images emerge. Starting from a lightning intuition, these images are condensed into a kaleidoscope of palpitating colour.

Rose-Mari Torpo, Echo, 2021, ink acrylic and spray paint on canvas polyester, 140x145 cm
Rose-Mari Torpo, Echo, 2021, ink acrylic and spray paint on canvas polyester, 140×145 cm

Rose-Mari Torpo is a Helsinki-based artist. After graduating from the Free Art School in 2003, she has had several solo exhibitions and taken part in several group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. In 2016 she graduated from Turku Art’s Academy. She is a member of the Finnish Painters’ Union and the Helsinki Artists’ Association.

Mattia Lapperier (La Spezia, 1989) is an art historian, independent curator and teacher. Graduated in History and Forms of Visual Arts, Performing Arts and New Media at the University of Pisa, with a master’s degree in Management of Artistic and Cultural Events, he collaborates with galleries, museums, independent spaces and cultural associations. His interests range from twentieth-century art to contemporary research. In 2020 he published Luigi Russolo incisore / Catalogo generale delle acqueforti and the catalogs La Via dell’Ambra Reloading and 40 days / Artisti in quarantena for Vanillaedizioni. He lives and works between La Spezia and Pisa. More information on his projects and research lines on:

Exhibition: Rose-Mari Torpo – White Noise curated by Mattia Lapperier
Exhibition duration: 9.12.2021 – 9.1.2022

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