Anna-Paulin Räisänen was born in 1982 in the small municipality of Kalix in Sweden, where she grew up but also with her roots in Finland and the Finnish culture. Kalix is located 100 km south of the Arctic Circle where there is midnightsun in summer, and biting cold and lots of snow and northern lights in winter. In this landscape, the artworks are born where Anna-Paulina wants to capture these contrasts. She shares the still, shimmering and quiet, but at the same time powerful in Nordic nature. Animals, nature and portraits are common motifs in Anna-Paulinas art and she also finds something appealing in rusty objects that have been forgotten. Through her art she wants to capture emotions, stillness and give a moment for the viewer to reflection, Usually it is precisely the longing for reflection and stillness that draws Anna-Paulina to the brushes and the paper. Art helps you listen inwards and is a compass in life. Creating with her hands is something Anna-Paulina has been doing since childhood and watercolor has been the favorite medium since 1996 when she got her first box of watercolors. Anna-Paulina has an artistic background consisting of a three-year education in arts and crafts at Furuhedsskolan in Kalix 1998 – 2001 and one year studies of art, at Skinnskattebergs Folkhögskola 2002. Otherwise, Anna-Paulina is self-taught and is mainly devoted to watercolor, but it occurs that Anna-Paulina also uses other media, all things you can create with your hands are rewarding. Anna-Paulina earned an education in social care and has worked in social psychiatry for many years, where she has also helped people through art and creative activities. It is only recently that she has chosen to spend more time on painting that has always been close to her heart.
An old key is hanging next to a heavy windswept gate on an 18th-century chapel on an island far away from the mainland. A key worn by many hands seeking shelter from harming storms and icy winds. On the chapel wall, people have carved their marks. The desire to leave an imprint lies in human nature, that we were here, we leave a piece of us, and that particular moment that is captured in what the hand created, even long after the memories fade away, as a piece of art, just like this. People like you and me, thoughts, moments of prayers and stillness and the time that has passed. If we can find that silence and the stillness so we can hear our own thoughts and listen inwards, then we can find our own keys that give us protection from our storms, keys to our innermost rooms, to our own happiness.