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August 28, 2011

Wooden outsider art / Arte marginal de madera / Art marginal en bois

In English:

For the name Outsider Art or called also Art Brut, we have our own name: ITE-art. ITE means “Self Made Life” when translated from Finnish. My photos are from 2010 taken in Ilomantsi, nearby the Russian border. From Helsinki to Ilomantsi by car takes about six hours.

En español:

Para el nombre Arte marginal hemos nuestro propio nombre que se llama: Arte de ITE. ITE significa “Vida Hecha sí Mismo” cuando se traduce del finlandés Mis fotos son tomadas el año 2010 en Ilomantsi, cerca de la frontera con Rusia. De Helsinki a Ilomantsi en carro el viaje dura aproximadamente seis horas.

En français:

Pour le nom l’Art Outsider nous avons notre propre nom qui est appelé: ITE-art. ITE signifie “Vie Fait Soi-même” quand il est traduit du finnois Mes photos sont prises en 2010 à Ilomantsi, à proximité de la frontière russe. De Helsinki à Ilomantsi le trajet en voiture dure environ six heures.

Wooden outsider art / Arte marginal de madera / Art marginal en bois

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Wooden outsider art 2 / Arte marginal de madera 2/ Art marginal en bois 2

41 Comments »

  1. Half a dozen wood architecture from your “neck of the woods” in 1968 (recently recovered for flickr). Starting:
    042-PetajavesiFinland007 PS ©
    P 🙂

    Comment by Peter Shep — August 28, 2011 @ 08:01 | Reply

    • Hi Peter.

      Thank You. I have made a post from this “marvelous” church earlier.

      Old wooden church of Petäjävesi

      If You are interested in architecture, then check all my “Compare” series which You can find easily under Categories. There You might find real pearls.

      Have a happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — August 28, 2011 @ 08:19 | Reply

  2. Very, very interesting characters.

    I wonder if they come awake at night. And, if they do, what do they say?

    And what stories would they tell about the people who visit and photograph them by day?

    Makes you wonder, eh?

    Hahaha.

    I hope you and Matti are having… or are continuing to have… a delightful trip to the Arctic and can hardly wait to see those photos, too.

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — August 28, 2011 @ 08:51 | Reply

    • Hello Deli.

      How nice comment, thank You. I think that those people who created these are somehow “special” persons.

      Well, our trip beyond the Arctic Circle was a success to us. We have been twice there earlier, but now when trekking also, Lapland delighted to both of us very much.

      I am sorry, but You have to wait my photos from this trip to next winter. I have the plan that after few posts, I’ll present finally Helsinki our capital more and those photos can be seen during the coming autumn.

      Anyway, if You are interested to take a preview about that what we saw, then check my YouTube video of Scary Scarecrows. That is the only one where I reveal “what we saw”.

      So it means that during coming winter I am not presenting snow photos, but photos from our photography diary beyond the Arctic Circle during about three months. It is long time, I know, but there so much to be seen.

      Thank You and happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — August 28, 2011 @ 09:12 | Reply

      • Oh, believe me, I’ll definitely stay tuned in for more!

        And, in the meantime, I’ll be sure to check out your facebook page. I don’t do facebook, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can sneak a peek without being required to login.

        As for your plan with the photos in the coming months? Absolutely perfect… ’cause you alone know what’s in store.

        Still, I can hardly wait!

        I’m glad y’all had a fantabulous time in the Arctic and that your sense of humor’s intact. Hahaha.

        Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — September 1, 2011 @ 22:37 | Reply

  3. Bonjour Matti,
    Contente de te savoir de retour de ton périple, et ravie par cette série. Le charme d’une autre époque, mais avec une tronçonneuse pour nous replonger au temps présent !!
    A bientôt pour tes derniers reportages.
    Bises et bon dimanche.

    Comment by Marion B. — August 28, 2011 @ 10:23 | Reply

    • Salut Marion.

      Très agréable à lire que vous avez aimé ces sculptures en bois. Pendent notre voyage au-delá de Cercle Polaire j’ai également photographié plus de sculptures en bois. Ils font une partie des images de notre voyage, que je vais publier à partir du début de l’année prochaine pendent trois mois. La série est longue, mais il y avait beaucoup intéressants choses de photographier.

      Bises et bon dimanche á toi et ta famille aussi.

      Comment by sartenada — August 28, 2011 @ 10:45 | Reply

  4. First of all, I love the log cabins! They give the perfect background to display the rustic artwork. So many neat sculptures, hard to pick a favorite.

    Comment by kateri — August 28, 2011 @ 12:16 | Reply

    • Hi Kateri.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment. The log house in the first photo is restaurant. It style is Karelian style which is on both side of borders (Finland & Russia). Other log houses are on the exhibition area called Parppeinvaara. I find that in some sculptures there is humor which makes them more interesting to see.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — August 28, 2011 @ 14:13 | Reply

  5. Ravie de te savoir de retour, les vacances furent agréable? Belle assortiment d’images, décidément, les artistes chez vous sont doués. Mes sculptures préférées sont les joueurs d’échec, j’aime leur pose et les accessoires qui habillent les personnages. Vraiment sympa!

    Comment by annejutras — August 28, 2011 @ 15:07 | Reply

    • Bonjour Anne.

      Nos vacances ont été un grand succès et mis photos tu peut voir dans l’hiver prochain. Tu sais quoi? J’aime aussi ces joueurs d’échecs beaucoup. Peut-être que c’est à cause de cela, parce que j’ai joué aux échecs quand j’étais jeune.

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by sartenada — August 28, 2011 @ 15:17 | Reply

  6. Welcome back Matti, I hope you have enjoyed your vacations🙂 What an interesting place… These woodworks are really beautiful, so much details and variety…
    Have a wonderful sunday🙂

    Comment by Tamara — August 28, 2011 @ 15:14 | Reply

    • Hi Tamara.

      Thank You. I am so glad that You like these wooden art pieces.

      Happy Sunday to You also.

      Comment by sartenada — August 28, 2011 @ 15:19 | Reply

  7. What wonderful shots of the wooden log house and all these wooden figures. So charming!

    The angels in my photo are ceramic or china.

    Comment by ladyfi — August 28, 2011 @ 15:42 | Reply

  8. Hello Ladyfi.

    Thank You visiting my blog site and leaving Your comment.

    Happy Sunday!

    Comment by sartenada — August 28, 2011 @ 15:48 | Reply

  9. The wooden characters are marvelous. I’m always amazed at the talent of the people who create such works of art. The variety of subjects (cannon, men playing chess, couples) is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing these with us.

    Comment by seniorhiker — August 28, 2011 @ 15:55 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Thank You for Your comment. Well, I am amazed also how talent people can be and that they have great imagination and how closely they follow the real world.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — August 28, 2011 @ 16:10 | Reply

  10. You Finnish people can really use wood for almost everything! A lot of people have had a lot of fun making these wooden figures. But to be honest my favorites are the wooden houses, I love them!

    Comment by truels — August 28, 2011 @ 23:41 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Thank You. It is nice to know that You like wooden houses of Parppeinvaara. When presenting our holiday trip photos in next winter, then You see a lot of wooden houses and they are more “awesome” looking.

      Comment by sartenada — August 29, 2011 @ 10:23 | Reply

  11. Hi, Matti, I particularly like the grouse or wild turkey in photo 3 and the cockerel in photo 12. My friends have just opened a folk Art Gallery in Lunenburg. I think Nova Scotian Folk Art must have come from Finland. The Folk Art here is meant to make you laugh, like the loving couple in your photo 20, the chap playing chess with the sunglasses hanging from his hat and the dog in 39. Can you buy these pieces lin Finland and would they be very expensive? Thank you for showing these pieces of art.

    Comment by jackiequeen — August 29, 2011 @ 15:19 | Reply

    • Hi Jackie.

      Thank You. I sent a letter this morning to the area of this exhibition called Parppeinvaara – poem village nearby the town of Ilomantsi explaining Your question. Answer might take time, but let’s see. When receiving a letter from there, I’ll tell to You.

      Comment by sartenada — August 30, 2011 @ 06:59 | Reply

  12. I love the literal translation of outsider art to ‘self-made life.” One’s life and art should always be self-made, according to inner yearnings and visions – and these sculptures certainly do that. I love the dogs the most – the carvers capture such “dog-ness.” The cat in the wagon is my next favorite – the expression on its face is so like one one I see on my cats when they are interested yet perplexed. Thanks for another lovely trip! Janet

    Comment by harpingjanet — August 29, 2011 @ 18:27 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      So nice to read Your comment concerning my literal translation what is ITE-art. I am glad that You liked my post. Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Comment by sartenada — August 30, 2011 @ 07:03 | Reply

  13. Good evening Matti, mein Freund
    All images, including color and detail are very nice and interesting. I like wood carvings. Even the photos of the last days I liked very well. Since this morning I’m back home and I feel good. More in an e-mail this week. I will not forget. Thank you for the last e-mail and photos. We wish you and Anya all the best, and health to your daily routes. Dear greetings from Christel, Detlev and Ranger. Take care, my friend……

    Comment by Christel — August 29, 2011 @ 19:29 | Reply

    • Hello Christel.

      It is so long time since I heard from You. I am glad that You like also these wooden art.

      All the good to You.

      Comment by sartenada — August 30, 2011 @ 07:05 | Reply

  14. Fascinating collection of wonderful wooden craftworks!
    I really like the rooster one.🙂
    Right now, I am having my holiday in Malaysia, but I will try to visit your blog as much as I can.

    Comment by London Caller — August 30, 2011 @ 18:10 | Reply

    • Hello London Caller.

      I wish happy stay in Malaysia to You. Thank You giving Your time for visiting my blog and leaving Your comment.

      Comment by sartenada — August 31, 2011 @ 07:04 | Reply

  15. I love all of that art! So many of the pieces portray a gentle humor that I thoroughly enjoy, and of course I find the buildings just marvelous.

    Comment by montucky — August 31, 2011 @ 06:17 | Reply

    • Hi Montucky.

      I am so glad that You also visited my site and found these wooden art pieces nice.

      Have a great time there while Your daughter’s visit.

      Thank You.

      Comment by sartenada — August 31, 2011 @ 07:08 | Reply

  16. Impresionante la variedad de tallas de maderas, algunas de ellas coloreadas. Todo un arte nórdico.
    Saludos desde España

    Comment by trapatroles — September 1, 2011 @ 00:14 | Reply

    • Hola Trapatroles.

      Muchas gracias por tu comentario. Parece que mis fotos te ha gustado.

      Abrazos.

      Comment by sartenada — September 1, 2011 @ 07:01 | Reply

  17. What wonderful carvings! There sure are a lot of very talented artists there.
    I think my favorite is the horse drawn carriage with the cat in the back. So cute.🙂

    Comment by alskamom — October 9, 2011 @ 18:11 | Reply

    • Hello Alskamom.

      Thank You commenting so nicely. That You liked is also one of my favorites.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 10, 2011 @ 07:20 | Reply

  18. Naprawdę ciekawy post. Jestem mile zaskoczony przydatnością postów na tej stronie. Z pewnością zajrzę jeszczę w przyszłości tutaj.

    Comment by Serwisy obiadowe Chodzież — December 8, 2011 @ 16:17 | Reply

    • Witam.

      Cieszę się, że spodobała Ci się mój post. Dziękuję.

      Comment by sartenada — December 8, 2011 @ 17:23 | Reply

  19. these are very pretty indeed…quite a class apart…

    Comment by ashkitty — June 18, 2012 @ 23:49 | Reply

    • Hi Ashkitty.

      I am glad that You checked my post and like these photos. Thank You.

      Have lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2012 @ 06:27 | Reply

  20. Matt, I’d love to make it to Finland someday to see the country’s unique architecture and art. It was interesting contrasting this particular style of woodcarving with what’s commonly done in Oberammergau, Germany, where I’ve spent a few months.

    Comment by Tricia A. Mitchell — February 16, 2013 @ 20:18 | Reply

    • Hi Tricia.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. If You are interested in our architecture and maybe in traditional historic wooden houses, then Church under categories -> towns. Most beautiful towns are on our Southern and South Western seaside. I give here only one example here, because You find more there. My favorite town is Porvoo. Its old town is charming.

      Charming wintry Porvoo.

      Oberammergau must be extremely beautiful. I have heard about Oberammergau Passion Play every ten years.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 17, 2013 @ 11:56 | Reply

  21. These are great pictures! I’ve always wanted to visit Finland, but this makes me want to go even more. Is this considered folk art?

    Comment by Katy Kelleher — February 24, 2013 @ 16:04 | Reply

    • Hello Katy.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. Yes, this is indeed so called folk art. Professionals do not appreciate their art, although they are lovely, full with humor. I give here link to my previous two posts and I am sure that You’ll love these statues. Believe me when I say they are awesome:

      Wacky statues.

      The statue park is something that visitors in Finland should visit.

      Thank You having interest to my country. There many, yes indeed, many enjoyable and unknown things to be found here. I think that one of the most interesting things should be to make a cruise on one of our lakes onboard of a steam boat. They are generally speaking more than 100 years old. More info are found under categories of my blog. You are welcome with questions.

      Have a great start of this week.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 25, 2013 @ 08:19 | Reply


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