Juhana Lehikoinen is a versatile artist who works in a handicraft-focused group at the city of Helsinki’s office in Töölö. Lehikoinen’s iron wire work has been included in the Rikhardinkatu library exhibition in 2015, in the lobby of Sofianlehto day activities and at the Disability Day Art and Action festival in 2019. Lehikoinen has focused especially on paper mache and iron wire work: “I got a vision for iron wire art in 2015, when I had a summer job. In addition to iron wire work, I have made animal figures out of the poultry netting and paper mache.” Lehikoinen has been inspired by the insects he collected as a child; Lehikoinen studies their shapes and colors. The artist also uses photographs to design the works. Lehikoinen strives to make the artworks look as real as possible. Lehikoinen feels good while making art. The artist wants to work in peace, so there is also room for own thoughts. Lehikoinen does not want to be presented as a person. The artist thinks the artworks speak for themselves.
OAF curators’ comments: “Juhana Lehikoinen’s artworks made of iron wires Hyttynen (Mosquito), Skorpioni (Scorpion) and Heinäsirkka (Grasshopper) are absolutely stunning. The beads used with the metal wires are a wonderful addition to the skillful works.”