1965-1966 Equine College Ypäjä;
1967-1968 Dairy Farming School of North-Savo;
1969-1973 The School of the Fine Arts of Finland.
But Helsinki-based sculptor Miina Äkkijyrkkä has been working with cows, both in their care and using them as muses, throughout her career as an artist. She even dedicates a page on her website to them. Click the link “Models” and you’ll be moooved through to a gallery containing nothing but pictures of very fine looking cows.
Miina buys dozens of used motor cars from dealers throughout Finland. She then dismantles them and collates the elements in to colourful sculptures of gigantic bovines. I love how she manages to inject humour into her work – check out the picture of the reclining, centrefold cow below
Äkkijyrkkä has also taken her art into people’s homes through creations for Finish interior design house Marimekko. Bringing ‘her’ cows’ beauty to bear on fabric, trays and kitchen towels. Lighthearted, colourful and unexpected.
Miina’s work is a lovely melding of her love for agriculture, animals and art. She has taken recycling to (literally) a new height. And I wish my garden was big enough for a cow of my own.
Photos © Juha Metso