Originally an art teacher, I finished my studies in equine industries in 2018 and became a horse agrologist. Before this new direction in life I worked as a lecturer and a senior researcher in Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland, where I also did both my master’s degree (1989) and my doctoral degree (2005) in the area of (visual) art education.
I was born in Joensuu, Finland 1960, but my family moved from there to Helsinki in 1964, and from there to its border neighbour town Vantaa in 1973, where I lived until 2017 (44 years!) with only two short exceptions. As a seemingly steady urban person by work and living arrangements I was always strongly drawn to the rural, the nature, the wilderness, (ad)venturing outside the borders of my home town and my country. However, in 2017 my lifelong dream of living in the country was fulfilled, and I no longer need to travel far outside my doorstep to have an adventure!
When I started these pages in 2011 my aim was to advance and share my research in the areas of art education, gender, visual culture, ethnographic methodology, as well as my hobbies and artwork. Now, after only seven years, these pages look, more than anything, like a scrapbook of my life, but that is fine with me, and I will carry on the same way. Because web pages can easily be updated and their contents changed, they offer a great way of working with and developing ideas, texts, and projects as you go, and this is what I have exploited.
The gradually but constantly evolving contents can be navigated through the menu at the top.