Tuula Närhinen

Tuula Närhinen
Tuula Närhinen

Tuula Närhinen (b. 1967) is a visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. The process of image making is at the core of her art. Homemade instruments and a documentation of the working method are important elements of Tuula Närhinen’s works, along with a dry sense of humor. She has developed methods for letting trees trace the shape of wind on their branches or found techniques that the enable the waves of the sea to inscribe themselves on paper.

Närhinen holds a Doctorate of Fine Arts (DFA) from the University of the Arts Helsinki. She is a graduate of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki (MFA), and the Helsinki University of Technology (M.Sc. in Architecture).

Memorial to an Earth Worm

Tuula Närhinen: Memorial to an Earth Worm
Tuula Närhinen: Memorial to an Earth Worm

The art work consists of a grave stone in black granite with the inscription Lumbricus Terrestris. The conceptual piece pays homage to an underappreciated underground object – the common earth worm. The hard work of the worms is a precondition for life. Earth worms take care of the soil that feeds us.

This fact reminds me of the macabre lyrics my late mother used to quote. The Finnish song writer Alfred J. Tanner’s grim verse ends:
”[..] the last door to open is the worm’s mouth.”
Spot on – and good to keep in mind.

Tuula Närhinen: Memorial to an Earth Worm
Tuula Närhinen: Memorial to an Earth Worm