Genesis, Hanna Ryynänen, Metalsmithing ’24

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    W36” x L44” x H36”

    Steel, copper, cast iron, water

    The magnetically compelling and seductive body of water draws thoughts to a primeval sea, where the first living creature – or sometimes the whole world – supposedly was born. Besides a myriad of scientific explanations for how the world happened, stand countless legends and mythical stories, none being any closer to solving the mystery. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. Not knowing something can yet be a thousand times more intriguing for the mind than a solid truth.

    An infinite vortex lures the viewer towards the greatest enigma throughout time. With a gentle, otherwordly glow, spaces unseen unravel. In the eerie waterworld, objects are floating, colliding, sinking, transforming, and interacting with each other. The viewer bears witness to an ongoing experiment where materials undergo a slow transformation with their surroundings. The installation can be viewed as an invitation for wonder and supernaturality – a magic of a kind. The scenery aims to pave the mind’s way toward the original, ultimate coincidence. Through inexplicability and chance, the artist pursues to capture the senses and evoke some of the feelings that life’s major unanswered questions do.

    Individual objects from the installation will be on view at Cranbrook Academy of Art Metals department during the STUDIO event.


    Hanna Ryynänen’s art grows from the background in jewelry, but she moves fluently between materials and different fields of visual art. Currently, working mainly with steel and other metals, she listens for life inside materials and lets them unravel through transformation. As a maker, she searches for vital signs within materials and processes, and creates objects and installations.

    Through ancient materials, Ryynänen arranges thoughts about life and birth, about an ultimate coincidence. She depicts time, growth, and change and reaches towards the qualities some of life’s major unanswered questions evoke. She thinks about countless possibilities of existing and what it means to be alive, as these questions remain forever enigmatic and unanswered, stirring our minds. The artist believes in beauty of mystery, where there still is room for imagination to grow.

    Hanna Ryynänen is a visual artist and jeweler from Lappeenranta, Finland. She majored in jewelry art and graduated from Saimaa University of Applied Sciences in 2016. Since then, her works have traveled internationally in renowned exhibitions such as METALLOphone in Lithuania, KORU-triennials in Finland, Northern Light in The Netherlands, and Talente in Germany. Her pieces can also be found in the collections of The Finnish State Art Commission and Kuopio Art Museum.

    At the moment, Ryynänen is studying for her master’s degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art in the Metalsmithing Department, 2024.