Tanja Koljonen's practice combines an interest in the visual and textual, combining and intermingling the two so that they effectually become confused. Through found imagery and text, carrying with it a presumed yet unknown human connection to the past, the work seeks out the difference between reason and instinct, visible, for example, in the use of the German word tiere (animals; animalistic) attached to the bottom of Gleam. She explains:
When play continues further, fragments of text start to resemble images and vice versa. By cutting, covering, erasing or rearranging I seek to disturb the rational order of things and to question language as the typical feature that usually distinguishes humans from animals.
Koljonen lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. More information and many more examples of her work can be found at tanjakoljonen.com.