An Artist’s Dwelling (13) – Riika Sormunen

Riika Sormunen is an artist, born in Helsinki, Finland in 1987 who is represented in Finland by Napa Illustrations.

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Riikka Sormunen via The Walkup

After the Show, 2011

Now, after a move from Germany to Canada, her macabre yet comedic artwork has been featured by The New York Times and Image.  The colors in much of her work are lively, even saccharine, yet the meaning is always a bit darker – maybe, a bit sarcastic.

Evoking the sensibilities of Egon Shiele – in her twisted and strangely posed, slightly sexual bodies –  her work also borders on the brink of fashion sketches and textile clippings.

Riikka Sormunen via The Walkup

Dark Waters, 2010

Sormunen started her career as an illustrator at the age of 19, when she was commissioned for her first magazine illustration job. Her work elicits the memory of chinoiserie and Japanese wood-blocking (especially her use of lines) – the details are flat yet multifaceted – the shapes are whimsical and contrasts in scale – the flourishes are oriental in style.


Riikka Sormunen via The Walkup


paisley rug // peacock square wood tray // normandy white tall tray table // aleah koury framed wall art // pop pink coffee cup // saddle strap lamp // anna chair // alvin glass ink well // princeton ottoman // virring rug 

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Keren Veisblatt Toledano is a User Experience Designer at Berya LLC. In her spare time she can be found soaking in Epsom salts, admiring copper pots, reading dystopian science fiction or sneaking a slice of lemon into her drinks. Her motto is, “A morning without coffee is sleep.” She lives in Philly with her cat, Cagney, partner, Michael, and son, Josiah.