Ida Koitila

A picture of Ida Koitila

Ida Koitila (b.1983 Borås, Sweden) lives and works in Hanko, Finland. She graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. Her work has been shown at: Vidunderligheter, Borås Art Museum, Borås 2022, Mad Love, Seppo Fränti collection, Kiasma, Helsinki 2020, Extensions, Sinne, Helsinki 2019, Skulptur i Pilane, Tjörn, Sweden 2018-2022, Crash of Air, Finnish Institute, Berlin 2015, Time that Remains, Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki 2014 and recently at New Ice Age, Taidekeskus Mältinranta, Tampere 2023.

She is represented in collections such as the Wihuri Art Collection, Kiasma Collections, Kiasma Seppo Fränti Collection, The Pro Artibus Foundation's collection and Borås Art Museums Collection. Public works are Column, Culture center Fokus, Karis 2022, Kunskapens Källa (Pool), Vasa övningsskola, Vaasa 2019, Ebb and Flow, The Tre Smeder Foundation's office in Kvarteret Victoria, Helsinki 2017. Koitila is a member of the Association of Finnish Sculptors.

Photo: Sandra Kantanen


Ida Koitila and Tiina Raitanen

Taidekeskus Mältinranta


Borås Art Museum

Coastline Sculpture Project


Coastline Sculpture Project

Coastline Sculpture Project was a artist-led project focusing on contemporary site-specific sculpture. The first event was organised in Hanko in July 2021 in cooperation with mobile application Harha. Harha guided the audience to the site-specific sculptures and expanded the experience with sounds, stories, process descriptions and digital shadow works. The event was inspired by a visit to Täktom beach, just a stone’s throw away from Hanko. There are over 60 wood sculptures made by a local artist Knutte Sundberg sprinkled among the high grass and small boat sheds. Some of the Coastline Sculpture Project artists visited the site in the winter of 2019 and decided to generate ideas for their own event. The project provided a possibility to experiment in making, showing and experiencing art. The events, organised during summer time, invited people to be included in the process.
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On top of Puistovuori stands a wartime Russian built concrete bunker. From inside the bunker the horizon can be seen through a small and narrow crack and through another small opening a glimpse of woodland can be seen. Via a QR code a shadow version of the sculpture Guilt becomes visible. It has been there but is no longer present. In the photograph a thorn crown is hanging on the bunker wall. The thorns are only partly visible under soft curls of hair and white wax which has been dripping down onto the
floor. The drips look like white fangs or tears of chalk.
Guilt deals with inner and outer landscapes and the tension between these two is explored via the concept of Ma, which in traditional Japanese art often refers to a concrete negative space in an image composition. But the word can also have another meaning, where the void exists only in the viewer’s mind.

The work Mooring consists of a rope which has been used to tie a ship to the peer. The rope has hundreds of hair braids clinging to it as well as an orange life jacket. On the front of the jacket a burning heart has been embroidered. Around its center hangs a crown of thorns that has made the blood of the heart drip. The braid is a way of attaching, organizing and controlling the uncontrollable. One end of the rope is about to unravel and the other end has been bent as a noose. The central theme of the work is the balance between control and freedom, linked to both metaphysical reality and religion.



Time that Remains

Helsinki Contemporary

A Yellow Ribbon

II II // I Hochstrasse 45




Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Gallery Kasarmikatu
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