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Janne Parviainen paints old recycled windows with a mix of oils, metal leaf, and permanent markers, to create neon-coloured installations. His chief subjects are urban environments and natural landscapes.
Working on both sides of the glass produces a strong feeling of depth and space. As a historical element, the old window panes create a story of their own; life has been observed through the windows countless times before in their previous use. The metal leaves presenting the sky with their luminosity and reflections emphasize the paintings’ technology-influenced appearance and so on distract it from the traditional nature portraits.
Parviainen has observed for example that the typical Finnish landscape is no longer is a hilltop and a summery lake, but a constructed urban view; a place where you can associate with your history, actions and memories. He developed this personal technique to reflect this modern technology-centric environment.