Roy Aurinko grew up next to an open-pit mine in Ostrobothnia, in northern Finland. The Hitura mine, founded in 1970, was located four kilometres from his house, and a little further away was the Makola mine. Aurinko says that the issue of mining and the landscapes it causes have been on his mind for years. Aurinko used his childhood memories to address the effects of mining in an exhibition at the Heinola Museum of Art in Finland. His abstract paintings aestheticize the landscape shaped by mining. “The theme seems contradictory to me: a combination of nostalgia and irresponsibility. It is also an aesthetically fascinating starting point for works of art.”
In another exhibition in 2021, Medusa’s Mirror at Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, Aurinko used an optical device known as a black mirror to examine landscapes. The device is named after Claude Lorrain, a 17th century French landscape painter, and it is related to the concept of sublime developed in the 18th century.
According to the concept, a person’s feelings reflect natural phenomena, and one receives imagined sublimity and greatness as if they were part of the phenomenon. “I approach the concept of sublime from the perspective of visual arts, from which the aim is to achieve an aesthetic experience or perhaps...
Words by Manuel Navarro. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Roy Aurinko. Roy Aurinko grew up next to an open-pit mine in Ostrobothnia, in northern Finland. The Hitura mine, founded in 1970, was located four kilometres from his house, and a little further away was the […]