“I have a reindeer’s gaze. Christ had a reindeer’s gaze. People who know their death have a reindeer’s gaze. People who have lost hope have a reindeer’s gaze. A reindeer’s gaze, the gaze of a persecuted and suffering animal, the gaze of a silently hurting animal,” Kalervo Palsa wrote in his diary.
The artist from Kittilä in the north of Finland painted hundreds of self-portraits. Early in his career he made self-portraits daily, trying out different styles and techniques. The pictures show the artist frontally, looking into a mirror – or at us. Sometimes he is accompanied by the figure of Death.