In the garden of Virginia Woolf

The exhibition by artist Maarit Blomqvist from Tampere features a series of watercolors called Virginia Woolf’s Garden. The idea came from her own experience when she, as a mother, lost touch with her adolescent daughter. The exhibition opens on Thursday, May 30 and will remain open until June 30.

“I painted this series of watercolors in the spring and summer of 2018, when I lived through my relationship with my adolescent daughter. I was painting Virginia Woolf’s Garden at the time, and Woolf’s voice from his books and a photograph of his garden, where he escaped to write during World War II, were associated with the work. The sculpture of Diana in the photo looks at the world, in my painting this sculpture mixes with my own image, in which I am looking for my daughter, ”says the artist about his work process.

The second series of paintings contains pictures of the garden that comfort us. “It simply came to our notice then. The changing colors and moods of the paintings speak of the change of seasons in the garden around my studio. They involve the tenderness of the senses. With its unpredictability, the painting process challenges us as artists, ”smiles Blomqvist. “In this way, painting gives us the courage to live in the moment.”

Maarit Blomqvist has studied painting both in Finland and abroad in various schools since the 1980s. He graduated from Aalto University and is a member of the Finnish Artists’ Union.



The gallery of Tampere House is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm. Free entrance!