Riikka Hyvönen is an artist from Finland, but is currently based in London. Hyvönen’s most recent exhibition is entitled “Roller Derby Kisses,” and currently on display at the Finnish Institute in London until August 20th.
This exhibit features giant paintings of bruises, or ‘kisses’ as the artist describes them, on roller derby girls. In an interview with the Finnish Institute, Hyvönen stated that, “I painted the bums to capture momentary marks that are seen in a completely different light in the mainstream than inside the subculture of roller derby girls.” Hyvönen also claims that she wanted the viewers to see the beauty in bruises.
Personally, I really enjoyed this piece, because I find bruises to be strangely beautiful. In this context, they almost resemble “battle scars” for the derby girls, small discolorations that remind them of victory or defeat. Bruises allow them to show others their hard work, and proudly wear it on their skin.
Hyvönen does have a website here, with her contact information. In addition, follow her on Twitter to stay updated.
Note: all images were found here.