Yesterday we drove to the north, Kittilä in Finnish Lapland to visit Kalervo Palsa Museum. Kalervo Palsa (1947 –1987) was a Finnish artist in a style that has been described as fantastic realism. And this museum is actually his abode that was a tiny studio cabin, which was closer to a shack than a house.
Palsa’s works are controversial, and I imagine they are disliked before being understood at a glance. Seemingly he was bearing all the dark side of the North, such as extremely cold weather in dark and long winter with bad drinking habit and solitary, in conservative and poor countryside. According to Wikipedia his life is described:
"Among his local contemporaries of Kittilä in Lapland he had the reputation of a drunken artist masturbating at home and painting furiously. He is said to have felt haunted both by his perverse urges and the provincial and narrow-minded mental perimeter of his northern hometown."
His dark and ironic world is indeed a part of Lapland, I guess. It’s just too hard to see it straight, and it’s much easier to shut it down from our ostensible world. He died lying in bed with pneumonia, without anyone checking to see how he was doing when he was 40 years old. His works were neglected in his time, but nowadays, Palsa is one of the most well-known and studied artists from Lapland.
The picture left is the house where his mother lived, and picture right is the abode where he lived and worked.
Pictures from mother’s house.
He was painting on the walls.