Have you heard about Rongoteus and Ägräs?
Welcome! Miila Westin‘s exhibition of Finnish mythical beings is part of her Master of Arts thesis in Aalto University. You can enjoy the illustrations also on this page, and listen to the illustrator, who is a guest on the latest episode of the Galleria Kuvitus Podcast (Language: Finnish). Please leave your message to the illustrator and gallery to the guest book below in any language.
While researching the ancient Finnish religion Miila Westin noticed how abundantly there were myths and stories which are not a part of Kalevala. In her research, Westin has considered whether the illustrations of myths need to be informative, or whether the artists can interpret the subject freely. Westin’s illustrations do not reflect how the mythical beings may have been imagined in ancient times, but as the illustrator herself wants to see them.
The exhibition is also a part of the Helsinki Design Week 2020 program, the theme of which is commitment. Commitment to the topic has unlocked the doors of imagination and the new interpretations keep ancient myths alive. In the future, the characters in the exhibition will continue their lives in a visual narrative project aimed for children.
Miila Westin (b. 1987) lives and works in Helsinki.
The safety of the event is important to us. Due to the corona situation we welcome 5 persons in the gallery space at a time. We comply with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and observe safe distancing and hygiene. Please do not attend if you are unwell. Thank you.
Details subject to alteration.
The main work of the exhibition is a four-meter-wide gouache painting. Please scroll the image horizontally to see the details of the painting.