Hanna Saarikoski (b. 1978 Kannus, Finland) is a Helsinki/Somerniemi-based visual artist who graduated from Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. In her artistic practice, she combines painting, drawing, video art, installations, and performative elements. Saarikoski’s works have been on display in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Finland including Mänttä Art Festival 2012, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku, Kiasma and Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
Hanna Saarikoski’s performance C is a silent figure made out of hundreds of artists’ charcoals. C participates in OBJEKTI 5 programme on Espoo Day, 31 Aug 2019, when C can be seen walking in and around Espoon keskus.
Charcoal in all its different forms is a crucial element of Earth’s ecosystem and is present almost everywhere. Artists’ charcoal is made by burning long sticks or vines in a space without air and as a result instead of burning properly the sticks become charred. It is a fragile, almost burned out material that can still leave strong marks.