Harri Piispanen (b.1981) is a Helsinki based visual and performance artist. Graduated from Aalto University’s Environmental Art master program in 2014, his earlier studies consist of material based art, namely glass and ceramics.
Currently working with a wide range of materials Piispanen revolves his practice around the creation of objects and their use within performances. The performances are made either as interventions or for video. The topics covered stem from sometimes quite dark personal experiences but are never displayed without a sense of humour.
Each of the works focuses on the human body. More specifically the body, the personal space, of the artist with all of its small (as well as big) imperfections. The apparel is made for wrapping and covering the body, or parts of it, within an outlandish cocoon of colour and impracticality.
One specific topic in the spotlight at the moment is mortality and everything it implies – be it funeral customs or music.
Piispanen does also commissions and design projects, the most recent being a coffin model for Honkasen ruumisarkkuliike based on his thesis work. In addition to his own practice Piispanen is a member of Lähiönäyttämö communal theatre.