Jenni Rope is a Finnish artist working in diverse range of disciplines, from painting to mobile sculpture, book art and public art.
She paints by intuition, allowing her paintings to find their final shape through a spontaneous process. Rope captures the illusion of vivid motion while retaining a sense of rhythmic balance. Her playful brushwork invokes a sense of liberated movement, with her brush suddenly leaping across the canvas and back again, while at other times it lingers in one spot or holds back, as if hiding. Rope enjoys playing with optical illusions of space and motion, puncturing her two-dimensional surfaces with doors to three-dimensional spaces. The illusion of depth is inherently unstable, permitting viewers to constantly discover new ways of looking at her works.
As of 2015 Rope has been working on mobile sculptures that play with forms and their interrelationships. The individual pieces spin on their respective axes, taking up far more space than their actual physical size might suggest. As they spin, each piece traces outlines of new 3D shapes in the air, while also destabilizing the spaces in-between. Her mobiles thus exist in a state of perpetual flux.
She has been exhibited at Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki, Fotokino in Marseille and Case Gallery in Tokyo, among others. Her work is found in many private collections and in the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection and the State Art Collection. In addition, Rope has designed pattern design for Finnish brands including Marimekko, Vimma and Mum’s. She has also designed children’s books and artists’ books for publishers including WSOY, Etana Edition and Dmind (HK).
She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.
Photo: Aleksi Poutanen