30 Poems for Artists: Verena van der Berg

Live Art, Visual Art, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, in autumn 2014, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Today, it is the turn of Verena van der Berg from Netherlands. She is a very perceptive and truly multi-talented artist. She works using her body as a dancer and performer, she makes images – drawings and paintings – and also works with film, installation and ceramics. For her, the world is a place full of beauty and inspiration.

Photo: Joe Pitt

Poem nr. 3

Nicely cuddled inside your softness

you lightfully play,

and gracefully say

things that wake up the dormant –

you are as welcome as a morning.

I’m on a Truck drive!

Poetry, Visual Art


This blog has a very nice concept: the driver changes every month, being the curator of the artistic content of the blog. My work, a 4 pic series of visual poems ”The Questioner”, is travelling on the Truck since Monday, 8th September. Go and have a look!


Vastakaiku – Genklang: Group exhibition, collaboration of poets and illustrators

Visual Art

Poets and illustrators gather together repeatedly during one year in 2014 to collaborate. In the start, no one knew how the collaboration would be done. The ways of working got clarified along the way through practice, as well as the questions about who works with who. We ended up having lots of fun together, matching poems and pictures, finding words for tempting images, creating images on the base of poetry. Some even got to choose between two poems to pair one’s illustration.
Our August 12.-17.2014 exhibition in Lasipalatsin Akkuna, Helsinki, consists of fewer works than we actually made or started, so that means we are going to continue the work after this year.  Be welcome to the opening on 12th August 5-7 pm!
Facebook event here:

All our works are made with some graphic technique; be it cine collé (as we did with the poems), etching, or other printing methods.

The participants are:

POETS: Marja-Liisa Hyvärinen, Pirjo Kotamäki, Satu Manninen, Outi-Illuusia Lilja, Pilvi Pääkkönen, Jolin Slotte, Tiina Svensk, Katariina Uski

ILLUSTRATORS: Mirkka Eskonen, Tiina Eräpuu, Filippa Hella, Pekka Järveläinen, Outi-Illuusia Lilja, Eeva Louhio, Liisa Louhio, Maija Toropainen, Gua Vainio, Kati Vuorento