Leena Reittu is a finnish sculptor, whose work is rooted in natural materials and the intimate relationship between artist, material, and environment. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saimaa University of Applied Sciences and is currently studying in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art program at Aalto university. Reittu is co-founder of artist collective Hukkaperi and has membership in Finnish Sculptors association to create networks in Finnish art scene. One of her public art works “Perintö/Heritage” can be found from Rääkkylä, North Karelia.
In sculptures and installations I incorporate a wide range of materials, including wood, ceramic, stone, metal, sound and lens-based media. Working with these materials through an intuitive approach over many scales I am intending to explore sensitivity and fear, envy and caring; humanity as a condition, but also human relations towards nature. Abstract forms with neutral organic shapes occupy spaces, becoming objects that could portray such conditions. The tensions that are created between them can be heightened or broken by the viewer.
A long and intensive working process is key to my practice, the roots of which are in collecting materials and forms from nature. This is where the first thoughts are formed. In having such a direct relation to the natural world my work of course raises questions regarding the primitive and traditional handcraft.
Currently, my artistic research has been directed towards climate change and loss of biodiversity. This has led me making site-specific sculpture installations and performances at clear cut areas, to show my frustration and feeling of powerlessness in front of the environmental crisis. My intention is to show my care and empathy towards the environment by offering something good for both human and other species.