lizhand (lizhand) wrote in theinferior4,

Finland Begin Again

Last night I returned from my two-week sojourn in Readercon, Finncon, London -- an incredibly intense time, and it will take me a while to sort through all of it (or even begin to). Finland was amazing — the people especially, and then the country's history and landscapes and mythic texture. And I discovered the work of a remarkable Finnish painter and photographer, Hugo Simberg, best known for his work in the Tamperre Cathedral and his painting "The Wounded Angel," (The painting inspired the forthcoming music video from Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish,, an interesting haut-goth group I'm also going to check out ASAP.)

I'd never heard of Simberg — more fool me, since he fits squarely within the Symbolist/visionary/outsider canon of artists I most admire. So I hope to write about him at some point too (and will use him in a story I'm working on). I'd love to hear from anyone with any information on Simberg, as there's scant info in English on the web and not many books — Judith Clute found a marvelous volume in Jyvaskyla, but unfortunately nearly all the test is in Finnish.

I have to go underground for the next few days to do a piece on Harry Potter, but will resurface soon. In the meantime, it's good to be back home with the rest of the I4!

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