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Sakari Kannosto

Sakari Kannosto (Finnish, b. 1973) is a multimedia artist working in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa Finland, with a primary focus on ceramic sculptures and large-scale installations. His fantastical and figurative creatures are inspired by fables, Greek mythology, and Finnish folklore. As he sculpts part human, part mermaid, part animal beings, he references the Finnish myth that animals can shape shift, traveling between worlds as protectors. Imbued with whimsy and humor, Kannosto’s work is also underscored by a deep environmental consciousness. By reimagining a future where humans unite with nature to create adaptive, survivalist families, Kannosto addresses the potentially disastrous environmental consequences brought on by the industrialized world.

For Kannosto, clay is crucial to the actualization of his work. As an ancient medium, it has long been a conduit for coded information. He continues in this vein, luring magic out of the clay as he creates a cast of creatures for modern fairytales. There is something deeply hopeful here. Kannosto graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Helsinki in 2005. In 2014 he was granted an honorary award for environmental education due to his work as a lecturer and educator. After completing an artist in residence at the Arabia Art Department in Helsinki, he became a permanent member of the department in January of 2020 and is now the chairman of the board. He is a Lecturer of Fine Arts at Omnia in Espoo, and has exhibited widely. Notably, his work can be found in the collections of the National Museum of Finland and the Art Museum of Tampere.

SAKARI KANNOSTO (Finnish, b.1973) Oracle, 2022 Glazed stoneware 59″ H x 23.625″ W x 23.625″ D
SAKARI KANNOSTO (Finnish, b.1973) Justitia (Mother Justice), 2022 Glazed stoneware 33.5″ H x 33.5″ W x 15.75″ D
SAKARI KANNOSTO (Finnish, b.1973) The Inflexible, Siren V, 2022 Glazed stoneware 47.25″ H x 12.625″ W x 9″ D
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  1. […] Sakari Kannosto joined us at the end of 2022 from his home in Finland. He had just closed a show, Children of the Flood, at HB381 in New York. The sculptural work in the show speaks to a future in which humanity faces climate catastrophe, forcing them to contend with how to survive in a new reality alongside other creatures. To hear more about this, listen to the complete interview. […]


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