Iiris Manner is a 21-year-old first-year Fine Art student from Tampere.
“I have always been interested in art as a hobby. As a child, drawing was my way of playing, and as I grew, it became a passion.”
Manner began attending Sara Hilden’s art academy at the age of 7 every week to learn different art methods. It was during these early years that Manner discovered their preference of drawing and painting – painting specifically with watercolors and acrylics. Manner stopped attending the academy at the age of 14 but continued to explore the arts and different mediums. Digital art is now their preferred medium.
Through their work, Manner wants to express and normalize gender equality. Their projects are styled similarly to comics. They create diverse characters with different heritage backgrounds, sexualities, and genders with the aim of giving representation to as many people as possible.
When working non-digitally, Manner often adheres to creating work related to the theme of water.