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ICONS OF NATURE

Sirpa Pajunen-Moghissi

Pajunen-Moghissi’s new series of work called Icons of Naturelooks into the philosophy of Pantheism as well as how primitive humans experienced and worshipped nature.
She was 10 years old when she painted and copied her first icon. Instructed by her mother a professional artist who studied the traditional method of painting Icons using raw egg tempera paints and gold leaf, creating large golden halos that surrounded the figure’s heads.   Pajunen-Moghissi’s latest mixed media works successfully combine the traditional techniques of icon painting, gold leaf on board with contemporary techniques such as digitally manipulated photography, paper, glass paints, film, inkjet printing and acrylic paints. Golden halos turn into large abstract shapes that play on the pictorial surface with the same rhythms as they do in traditional iconographical imagery, instead of depicting spirit in human form she replaces them with images from the natural world. In a time of ecological destruction, environmental turmoil and spiritual disfunction Pajunen-Moghissi’s soul searching work offers up a refreshing and hopeful alternative.


Pajunen-Moghissi was born in Finland, she currently lives and works in both London and Finland. She graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Byam Shaw School of Art in 1996 and with an MA in fine Art from Middlesex University in 1999. She has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows in London, Finland, New York and Sweden, is an experienced curator (Koleksiyon) and lecturer in art, She is co-founder of ArtKapsule (UK).  Her work is included in many private collections throughout Finland and the UK.