Eeva-Liisa Puhakka

The practice of Eeva-Liisa Puhakka leads the artist herself and the audience to sense. Encountering her works, we should see or close our eyes, smell or hold our breath, and listen carefully while staying silent at the same time. Eeva-Liisa Puhakka works in practices that include olfactory art, installations, sound and text. Themes in her works are the investigation of human and animal dependence, rural depopulation, smell of death and fear, religion and bio-based materials.

Eeva-Liisa was a founding member of Scent Club Berlin, a collective of artists, designers and scientists working in and between scents and smells. Puhakka also works regularly in a curatorial/production role.

Eeva-Liisa Puhakka graduated with an MFA in New Media Art from Valand School of Fine Arts, University of Gothenburg and an MSc in Environmental Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.

In the residency I investigate the enduring influence of religion. Often a profoundly personal matter, what does the religious experience mean when generalised or codified? The conflict between the personal and the communal experience of religion has often fuelled intra-confessional conflicts as well as those between religions. Why does the religious impulse survive so robustly despite the advances of science, philosophical and cultural materialism and wanton interfaith conflict?

In the residency I also work on a project in which I am researching and investigating the body and the senses, aesthetics, and the cultural perception and construction of the senses. And continue my projects about bio-based materials.

Eeva-Liisa Puhakka’s residency is part of the HIAP Residency Programme for Finnish and Finland-based artists and art professionals.