Riikka Latva-Somppi is a sculptor and glass artist and artist-researcher. Her artist practice includes multiple roles ranging from curating to object making as well as teaching and other assignments of expertise in the field. She works in the intersection of fine art and craft and considers her work to be material based but not material bound. She has a Masters degree in Ceramics and Glass from the University of Art and Design (now Aalto University), 1995. She is currently a doctoral student in Department of Design. During her artist career she has exhibited extensively in Finland and abroad. Her public art work Satakieli/Nightingale was awarded The Certificate of Environmental Art 2009. The Art4-group’s public art concept and works in Tikkurila, Vantaa, of which her recent public art work Kotiseutu/Home is a part of, gained special recognition by awards in architecture, landscapestructure and municipal technology in 2017-2018.
In her doctoral research she studies the intertwinement of human and non-human matter and craft as meaning making. Her study locates in the ongoing societal and environmental discussion of new materialisms, post humanism and the anthropocene.