Satu Heikkilä was born in Hämeenlinna, Finland in 1980. For Satu, art has always been a way to express herself. She was 9 years old when a local artist introduced the world of painting to her and she hasn’t stopped painting since. She discovered her love for liquid art in 2019.
She believes that being an artist is something that one is born to do and not learned at school, she went on to study through practical experience, learning through trial and error and self learning. In 2020 she furthered expanded on her knowledge in resin art.
Her works have been exhibited in Finland, Italy and United States, and her paintings can be found in private collections in Europe and USA. She works primarily in resin and alcohol inks and she is currently living and working in Elimäki, Finland.
Through my artwork I try to reveal the language of passion, life and soul. I paint to translate my emotions, my feelings and the reactions of my sensibility into color and design.
In 2019 I started to explore alcohol inks. I use airbrush, straws and even only my own breath to capture the movement and life of inks on paper.
My bold floral paintings appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, meanings shift, past and present fuse. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces.
In 2020, I began experimenting with resin, and it quickly became my preferred medium of my professional work. To create abstract expressionism, I manipulate tinted epoxy resin. Each piece begins with the selection of colors. Colors can mirror a feeling while also having an emotional impact on me.
Working with epoxy resin is similar to attempting to control chaos. The painting you see is the result of many layers of chemical reactions, each moving at their own rate to a final form. Heat, cold, gravity, and viscosity are used as artistic tools to control the flow of resin. Moving the resin is done with the help of needles, heat gun, propane torch and additional other tools.
Lines, layers, and textures create smooth facades, exchanging surface beauty for depth, personality, strength, and wisdom. It takes about two to three weeks to complete each piece. I usually work on canvas or wood board depending on the desired effect.
The painting you're looking at, is the final scene of a moving picture, the story of which is encoded in layers of resin.