Henni Alftan Kathleen Shiels blk. 1a

BIO: "Henni Alftan (born 1979, in Helsinki, Finland) moved to France in 1998 where she graduated from Ecole Nationale d’Art de la Villa Arson and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. Her work has been exhibited in both Finland and France in venues such as Galerie Anhava, Forum Box, Galleria Huuto, Amos Anderson Art Museum, and Galerie Claire Gastaud. Her works are present in public collections such as at the Helsinki Art Museum, Amos Anderson Art Museum, and the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art. She has received the support of institutions such as Arts Promotion Centre of Finland, Swedish Cultural Foudation in Finland, Finnish Fund for Culture, and Centre Nationale des Arts Plastiques etc" (Raja'a Khalid).

MOTIVATIONS & TECHNIQUES: "Alftan is interested in the mimetic relation of paint as material and the image. She wants to discover the moment when the mere paint on canvas transforms into a resemblance of an object – when our gaze interprets and forms the mix of materials into an idea" (FCINY).


"Afternoon nap"
"The reader"
"The reader"



1. This piece has a unique perspective, and the simplicity of the painting has a mysterious connotation that would leave a viewer questioning the motive behind it.

2. This work has an interesting choice of angles, allowing for one to see what is fully going on in this piece. It might remind one of an instruction manual on how to properly put in contact lenses.

3. This piece seems inverted, because usually the shadows would be from the leaves but in this work the leaves are providing the lighting. It also provokes a sense of wonder as to why these two people are faceless, and seem to be laying on the road.

4. This work has another unique perspective, alike to her other pieces. The lack of words on the seemingly large book he's reading and also his upright posture gives off a strange mood.

5. This work may be the most intricate out of the five, because of the perspective and shadows in it. The shadow on the right wall seems to be coming from the figure holding the book up to their face. The way the figure is holding the book gives off a sense of confusion.

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