Anna Sailamaa (born in 1979) originates from Tornio, a small town in Northern Finland. Sailamaa started drawing comics relatively late, while attending the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. At the moment she is working on her Masters degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.
Sailamaa’s body of work includes self-published comics, short story anthologies, and two major publications. In her latest graphic novel, the critically acclaimed The Shepherd (2011), she depicts life in the North where the younger generations emigrate to south to find work and the remaining people tackle with unemployment and other social issues. Be Good Now (2008) consists of five short stories on family members, arguably of the same family. As it happens, family ties are strong but prone to friction. Currently Sailamaa is working on two new books The Beehive and with Be Good Now #2.
In 2007, Sailamaa won the first price in the Comic Short story Competition at the Arctic Comics Festival in Kemi, Finland. Two years later she received the first prize in the International Comic Short story Competition Fumetto (Luzern, Switzerland).
Comics and Drawings –exhibition includes drawings from the upcoming graphic novel The Beehive (ink and crayon on paper), original drawings from the While accordion book series (ink, felt pen and collage on paper) and original drawings from the Kairos series (crayon on transparent film). Exhibition also consists of drawings from unfinished graphical stories as well as sketches and individual drawings. Comics and Drawings demonstrates the breadth of Sailamaa’s drawing methods and offers a multitude of ways to engage in the act of visual storytelling.