Underwater investigates intersections between the forests of Finland and the oceans of Australia. These two countries in which I reside, at the far ends of the world, are at once opposite and alike in their landscape and culture. From forests to oceans, lakes to arid land, snow to heat, I deeply love both countries, their people, and their nature.
Arja (Aria) Välimäki holds a BFA and MFA from UNSW Art & Design Australia and has exhibited widely in both Australia and Finland. She has won numerous awards and grants and has been a finalist in prizes such as the Wynne Prize at AGNSW, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award and the Meroogal Women’s Art Award. Välimäki’s works are held in private and public collections worldwide including collections of the Consulate General of Finland, Hong Kong; Embassy of Finland, Canberra; and Wollongong Art Gallery.