Rauha Makila Press

Rauha Mäkilä Press

Rauha Mäkilä's figures seduce, tease with their unattainability, achingly cool. They often avoid eye contact yet, simultaneously, reach out towards the viewer with their gestures and powerful visual presence. Close yet always in a distance.

The paintings are electrified by the popular audiovisual culture they take inspiration from. They make a convincing claim for pop culture and its visual appeal as no mere mirage. No products of consumption but empowerment, the paintings celebrate and transmit the energy that powers the fan of the music and the viewer of these works alike.

- Taru Elfving, writer and curator