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"BONE COLLECTOR"
helps revive Finland's pagan past

Finnish artist Sanni-Maaria Puustinen works with the remains of dead animals to create items that are new and sometimes shocking.

Lintu

"BONE COLLECTOR"
helps revive Finland's
pagan past

Finnish artist Sanni-Maaria Puustinen works with the remains of dead animals to create items that are new and sometimes shocking.

Lintu

"BONE COLLECTOR"
helps revive Finland's
pagan past

Finnish artist Sanni-Maaria Puustinen works with the remains of dead animals to create items that are new and sometimes shocking.

Saunan ovi

Sanni-Maaria Puustinen is an artist from Northern Karelia in eastern Finland. The mother of three is also a beekeeper and student of traditional folklore at the University of Eastern Finland. Puustinen says she pays tribute to life by honouring the dead.

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Sanni-Maaria Puustinen is an artist from Northern Karelia in eastern Finland. The mother of three is also a beekeeper and student of traditional folklore at the University of Eastern Finland. Puustinen says she pays tribute to life by honouring the dead.

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Sanni-Maaria Puustinen is an artist from Northern Karelia in eastern Finland. The mother of three is also a beekeeper and student of traditional folklore at the University of Eastern Finland. Puustinen says she pays tribute to life by honouring the dead.

Sannin työhuonetta
Sannin työhuonetta
Pässin kallo
Pässin kallo

“I’ve noticed an attraction to shamanism. There’s a demand for sheep skulls among heavy metal fans with paganist inclinations. Our ancient gods Tapio and Ukko are experiencing a resurgence and the Karhun kansa or Clan of the Bear are now an organised religious group.”

“I’ve noticed an attraction to shamanism. There’s a demand for sheep skulls among heavy metal fans with paganist inclinations. Our ancient gods Tapio and Ukko are experiencing a resurgence and the Karhun kansa or Clan of the Bear are now an organised religious group.”

“I’ve noticed an attraction to shamanism. There’s a demand for sheep skulls among heavy metal fans with paganist inclinations. Our ancient gods Tapio and Ukko are experiencing a resurgence and the Karhun kansa or Clan of the Bear are now an organised religious group.”

Sannin työhuone
Sannin työhuone
Sannin työhuone
Koivun pintaa

“I study folklore. I include myself in a centuries-long chain of Karelian women. I want to highlight our traditions in ancient Finnish design. Vikings and Celts aren’t the only ones to admire.”

Hannunvaakuna
Koivun pintaa

“I study folklore. I include myself in a centuries-long chain of Karelian women. I want to highlight our traditions in ancient Finnish design. Vikings and Celts aren’t the only ones to admire.”

Hannunvaakuna
Koivun pintaa

“I study folklore. I include myself in a centuries-long chain of Karelian women. I want to highlight our traditions in ancient Finnish design. Vikings and Celts aren’t the only ones to admire.”

Hannunvaakuna
Sanni ulkosaunassa
Lehmän kallo
Sannin maalauksia
Sannin maalauksia
Sannin maalauksia

“Lutheranism removed all traces of paganism. However the Orthodox Church permitted symbols from nature-based religion. This is why the bird chick, the soul bird or kukkilintu, and the tree of life live on in the East. I have my own nature-based faith.”

“Lutheranism removed all traces of paganism. However the Orthodox Church permitted symbols from nature-based religion. This is why the bird chick, the soul bird or kukkilintu, and the tree of life live on in the East. I have my own nature-based faith.”

“Lutheranism removed all traces of paganism. However the Orthodox Church permitted symbols from nature-based religion. This is why the bird chick, the soul bird or kukkilintu, and the tree of life live on in the East. I have my own nature-based faith.”

Sannin maalaus

Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala, celebrates the country’s indigenous deities and was instrumental in the development of the Finnish national identity. It was written by Elias Lönnrot, a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry and is considered to be one of the greatest works of Finnish literature.

Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala, celebrates the country’s indigenous deities and was instrumental in the development of the Finnish national identity. It was written by Elias Lönnrot, a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry and is considered to be one of the greatest works of Finnish literature.

Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala, celebrates the country’s indigenous deities and was instrumental in the development of the Finnish national identity. It was written by Elias Lönnrot, a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry and is considered to be one of the greatest works of Finnish literature.

Sannin noitarumpu

Some of the key characters in the nearly 23,000 verses of the Kalevala include Ukko, the god of thunder and the sky, Ahti, the god of the sea and Tapio, the god of forests and hunting.

Sannin noitarumpu

Some of the key characters in the nearly 23,000 verses of the Kalevala include Ukko, the god of thunder and the sky, Ahti, the god of the sea and Tapio, the god of forests and hunting.

Sannin noitarumpu

Some of the key characters in the nearly 23,000 verses of the Kalevala include Ukko, the god of thunder and the sky, Ahti, the god of the sea and Tapio, the god of forests and hunting.

Sininen seinä

“I don’t think about death.Perhaps in some way it is frightening how lonely old people are. Nowadays we die alone and it feels scary.”

Riimuja
Sininen seinä

“I don’t think about death. Perhaps in some way it is frightening how lonely old people are. Nowadays we die alone and it feels scary.”

Riimuja
Sininen seinä

“I don’t think about death. Perhaps in some way it is frightening how lonely old people are. Nowadays we die alone and it feels scary.”

Sannin työpöytä
Luita työpöydällä
Ladon seinä

“People no longer hang the traditional elk’s head on the wall; it’s something horrible they throw out. But many value the horns as material for re-use.”

Kukkilintu
Ladon seinä

“People no longer hang the traditional elk’s head on the wall; it’s something horrible they throw out. But many value the horns as material for re-use.”

Kukkilintu
Ladon seinä

“People no longer hang the traditional elk’s head on the wall; it’s something horrible they throw out. But many value the horns as material for re-use.”

Kukkilintu
Sanni työhuoneessaan
Saunan ovi

Puustinen was recently named the Arts Promotion Centre’s Artist in Residence at the Tuupovaara senior home in eastern Finland as part of a project to introduce art to people who would either have not been exposed to it or tried it because of their circumstances.

Jatulintarha
Saunan ovi

Puustinen was recently named the Arts Promotion Centre’s Artist in Residence at the Tuupovaara senior home in eastern Finland as part of a project to introduce art to people who would either have not been exposed to it or tried it because of their circumstances.

Jatulintarha
Saunan ovi

Puustinen was recently named the Arts Promotion Centre’s Artist in Residence at the Tuupovaara senior home in eastern Finland as part of a project to introduce art to people who would either have not been exposed to it or tried it because of their circumstances.

Jatulintarha
Linnunsiipiä
Sannin koira
Patsas pihalla
Patsas pihalla
Patsas pihalla
Lintukoru
Sanni sahaa hirvensarvea

“If you only eat animals, then much of it remains unused. A huge number of animals die in road accidents because of people. Friends and acquaintances bring me carcasses and I also collect them myself. Life can go on in the shape of jewellery.”

“If you only eat animals, then much of it remains unused. A huge number of animals die in road accidents because of people. Friends and acquaintances bring me carcasses and I also collect them myself. Life can go on in the shape of jewellery.”

“If you only eat animals, then much of it remains unused. A huge number of animals die in road accidents because of people. Friends and acquaintances bring me carcasses and I also collect them myself. Life can go on in the shape of jewellery.”

Pässinjalat

“My first visit to a slaughterhouse was also my last. It was such a horrible experience that I learned to do it at home.I slaughtered our sheep Pertsa, Kilu and Olavi myself.”

Pässinjalat

“My first visit to a slaughterhouse was also my last. It was such a horrible experience that I learned to do it at home. I slaughtered our sheep Pertsa, Kilu and Olavi myself.”

Pässin kallo

“My first visit to a slaughterhouse was also my last. It was such a horrible experience that I learned to do it at home. I slaughtered our sheep Pertsa, Kilu and Olavi myself.”

Pässinjalat
Pässinruho
Sannin luusoppa

“Once there was a dead raccoon dog on Liperintie. I stopped the car right next to it and put the carcass on the floorboards. I drove to the daycare to pick up the kids. When I opened the door, racoon dog intestines fell out. I quietly gathered it back into the car before anyone noticed.”

“Once there was a dead raccoon dog on Liperintie. I stopped the car right next to it and put the carcass on the floorboards. I drove to the daycare to pick up the kids. When I opened the door, racoon dog intestines fell out. I quietly gathered it back into the car before anyone noticed.”

“Once there was a dead raccoon dog on Liperintie. I stopped the car right next to it and put the carcass on the floorboards. I drove to the daycare to pick up the kids. When I opened the door, racoon dog intestines fell out. I quietly gathered it back into the car before anyone noticed.”

Kaiverruksia kalliossa

“Mum, are we going to eat this?” the kids asked when I was boiling the flesh off the bones of a dead fox. Nowadays they know to ask if there's food or a dead animal in the pot.”

Kaiverruksia kalliossa

“Mum, are we going to eat this?” the kids asked when I was boiling the flesh off the bones of a dead fox. Nowadays they know to ask if there's food or a dead animal in the pot.”

Kaiverruksia kalliossa

“Mum, are we going to eat this?” the kids asked when I was boiling the flesh off the bones of a dead fox. Nowadays they know to ask if there's food or a dead animal in the pot.”

Sannin työhuone
Sannin työhuone
Sannin työhuone
Sannin työhuone
Sannin työhuone
Kalma-teksti
Sannin maalaus
Sanni ja pässin kallo
Sanni ja pässin kallo

“My friends call me Bonnie
the Bone Collector.”

Sanni ja pässin kallo

“My friends call me Bonnie
the Bone Collector.”

Sanni ja pässin kallo

“My friends call me Bonnie
the Bone Collector.”

Sanni ja pässin kallo

Original Finnish text: Tanja Perkkiö

Photographs: Henry Lämsä

Technical implementation: Antti Hämäläinen

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