Columba livia Painting by Toni-Petri Ruotsalainen

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Art Description

Painting: Oil on Canvas.

Painted on heavy cotton duck canvas with heavy pine stretcher bars, signed on the back. The painting continues over the edges of the canvas, and comes with a hanging wire, so framing is not necessary.

Totems are spirit beings, sacred objects or symbols, that function as emblems for people or groups. They are often animals, plants, or natural phenomenae, with which people are believed to have a spiritual connection; a person with a totem believes he possesses the power and aspects of their totem. The belief system of totems includes the notion that different people or groups have different totems, by which some of their attributes are determined.

In my paintings I explore the relationship between the postmodern human, and the nature that surrounds them. Many people feel that they have a special connection with nature or animals, and that they are akin to specidic animals. For an increasing portion of us, however, this connection is made exclusively virtually, through the pixels on the screen of a phone, computer, or television. In my work animals, who from afar appear detailed, photorealistic and natural, upon closer inspection break into pixelated, abstract masses of color. This is to invite the viewer to ponder their own connection with nature – if our direct connection with nature has been severed, can we truly be a part of it?




Columba livia

Toni-Petri Ruotsalainen



Size: 19.7 W x 19.7 H x 1.6 in

This artwork is not for sale.