I met the most interesting gentleman from Finland yesterday who commented on my blog, thereby causing me to go back to view his blog. And what a treasure! I am sure that today’s post is just one of the many things I will bring to you that I have found on his site: sartenada.wordpress.com
It was hard to choose what to feature first, but his personal favorite is the carved wooden art from Finland, so I will begin there.
Outsider Art, or Art Brut, is known in Finland as ITE-art. ITE means “Self Made Life” when translated from Finnish.
I love the rough forms of carved outsider art, especially the forest troll below, mythology come to life. Trolls are such a huge part of Finnish folklore, there is actually a doctoral dissertation on these little guys. (http://www.hs.fi/english/article/1101978425335)
I searched the web for this place, located in the town of Ilomantsi, near the Russian border, but could not turn up much information. What a hidden gem, about 6 hours drive from Helsinki. I think I found the restaurant Sartenada has in his photo: Parppeinvaara Bardic Village
A remote, special place in the world. And how many might go there, thanks to the photos of Sartenada! See more of the carvings here: http://sartenada.wordpress.com/2011/08/
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