About Toni R. Toivonen
Toni R. Toivonen was born in 1987 in Helsinki (Finland). He lives and works in Helsinki and Hämeenkoski (Finland).
The abstract images etched on Toivonen’s golden-hued brass plates reveal vaguely discernible imprints of raccoon dogs, horses and cattle. These imprints are inscribed on the surface of the oxidized brass through the process of decomposition; the result is the outcome of chance and the physical placement of the decomposing carcass on the plate. Toivonen’s graphic visualization of death serves as an existential meditation on life and death. Like the vanitas, a motif that has recurred in art history for centuries, his work is reminder of life’s transience.
Toni R. Toivonen is represented by Galerie Forsblom.
Artworks by Toni R. Toivonen
Toni R. Toivonen
Giving Birth and Dying Still
original substances of a dead animal
200 x 300 x 4 cm