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Elyse' Jokinen Bio
Elyse’ Jokinen is a self-taught visual artist that creates analog mixed-media collage. She is the founder and passionate facilitator of the online platform Wilder Collage. Her work has been collected internationally and has been shown in group exhibitions with PxP Contemporary, Arts to Heart Project, and BHA Gallery, among others. She currently lives and works on the island of O'ahu with her family.
I held a mirror up to the last decade of my life and what was reflected back to me was the collage series, POUR. The deconstructed pieces of found material are a path that runs parallel to the fragments of time spent in the many places I’ve lived over the years.
I began this series with a small splatter of paint across the paper representing the spontaneity and freedom of my early journey. Then, I let my pen intuitively run along the page depicting the twists, turns, ups, and downs. Like wandering, some pieces are precisely chosen while others end up in my hand by total happenstance.
Finally, I begin to collect and arrange memories like flowers in a vase. The paste holds these down in a way that I’m unable to and makes each piece whole and beautiful just like the uncommon life I choose to live.