British/Finnish artist Sanna Annukka studied at the University of Brighton, where she discovered a passion for printmaking which continues to this day. ‘I love the organic process of printmaking, I could be making a print and decide that it needed a new layer of colour, or some detail adding. The work takes unexpected twists and turns - you don’t quite know how it will end up.’
Graduation led to a successful career as a freelance illustrator, working with clients like Vogue, Island Records, Selfridges and Nordstrom. She has illustrated three books, The Fir Tree, The Snow Queen, and The Nutcracker; classic fairy tales, published by Penguin Random House and translated into seven different languages.
In 2008 Sanna joined the roster of designers for Finnish textile and fashion brand Marimekko, designing patterns for interiors and homeware. The same year she was invited by the Finnish Design Museum to create huge textile wall hangings for their exhibition ‘FennoFolk - a collection of new nordic oddity.’
Her recent work sees a return to the organic process she fell in love with in the print studios at university; mixing mono print, screen print and collage. This work explores pattern, symbolic form and old traditions drawn from both her Finnish and British heritage. Compositions are built in layers of ink and paper using bold totemic forms referencing ageless elemental symbols such as the sun, moon, stone and water which give the work a timeless quality.
In addition, Sanna works with ceramics in a three dimensional articulation of her printed imagery. Her slab built wall art uses subtle, earthy glazes and is inspired by mid century Scandinavian ceramics and architectural concrete relief sculpture.
Sanna’s first collection of ceramic wall art will be available in the autumn of 2019.
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