38uk Eurydike Takaosa, Ulla-Maija Vikman, viscose and linen, 55" x 34.25", 2012, $10,000
36uv Aix, Ulla Maija Vikman, painted viscose and linen, mahagony, 56" x 13"; 140 x 33 cm, 2009, $7,500
35uv Akureyri, Ulla-Maija Vikman, painted viscose, and linen, mahagony, 57" x 58", 2009, $15,000
25uv Dark, Ulla Vikman, painted viscose and linen, steel, 71" x 16.5"; 180cm x 42cm, 2003, $8,750
34uv , Willow Willow, Ulla-Maija Vikman, painted viscose and linen, mahagony, 59" x 63"; 150 x 160 cm, 2007, $15,000
32uv Reed, Ulla-Maija Vikman, painted viscose, steel frame, 73" x 10.5", 2003, $7,500
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York; Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland;International Museum of Applied Art, Torino, Italy; Mint Museum of Art + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; European Parliament, Strasbourg, France; Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland; European Court of Justice, Luxembourg; Finnish State Art Collection; Embassy of Finland in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kathmandu, Nepal, Washington, DC, Abuja, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sofia, Bulgaria, Shanghai, China and Stockholm, Sweden; Finnish Ministry of Justice; Finnish Ministry of the Environment; Finnish Consul General's residence in New York, New York; Finnish Ambassador's residence in Berlin, Gemany; Bratislava, Slovakia and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Governor’s residence, Province of Southern Finland; Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Finnish Department for International Development; National Public Art Collection, Sweden; Finnish city art collections in Espoo, Helsinki, Lahti, Lohja; City art collection, Skellefteå, Sweden; University of Umeå, Finland; University of Applied Sciences, Espoo, Finland; Fritz Meyer Collection, Saint-Prex, Switzerland.
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York; Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland (11th International Triennial of Tapestries); Museum of Applied Arts, Helsinki; Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland; Museum Schloss Rheydt, Mönchengladbach, Germany (solo exhibition); La Genille de la Bastille, Paris, France; Musée des Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland (International Biennial of Tapestry); Court of Justice of the European Communities, Luxembourg; Embassy of Finland, Washington, DC (solo exhibition); Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland (solo exhibition); North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks (A Scandinavian Sensibility); Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; International Museum of Applied Art, Turin, Italy; Szombathely, Hungary (International Biennials of Miniature Textiles); Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. Recipient: 15-year Artist’s Grant, Government of Finland; 1992 TEXO Textile Artist of the Year.
Threads stretched like a warp form a surface on which I paint like a painter on a canvas. I repaint and wash two or three times to get tones I want. Viscose is rewarding to dye and it hangs beautifully. It is shiny and reflects light, ideal for depth and vividness of color.
My inspiration is the material itself. The vertical threads have their own natural rhythm complemented by the horizontal patterns. Like a weave, the pieces are based on vertical and horizontal elements. Though the working field is free to be painted, I mostly stick to horizontal stripes. It could be the influence of the weaving tradition, or it could be caused by my need for harmony - or maybe it is a part of my “language".
I always hang my work at some distance from the wall so that gives the impression of being in free fall, floating in the air. The slightest breeze or draft makes the threads move, affecting both the light and the form of the work. This kinetic effect brings the piece to life within its environment.