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. Each performances is made either as an intervention, live, for video or all of the previous.
The focus is on the most personal of spaces: the human body. More specifically, the body of the artist with all its imperfections. That’s why many of the works take on the form of garment: hat, mask, shirt, dress etc. Each apparel made is a wrapping, an outlandish cocoon of colour and impracticality covering the body or parts of it.
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.