Artist (and art-consumer) 
of various kinds
Art educator /
museum educator
(Aiming to practice)
feminist, critical, and radical pedagogy


... working as Curator of Education at Amos Rex Art Museum (Helsinki, Finland).

Some previous exhibitions have been: Subterranean, Bill Viola, Egypt of Glory, the Generation triennal, Studio Drift, and teamLab.

... exploring life with artist Iida Nissinen, as the other half of Burnout Bitches.

An artist duo that also goes by the names Burnout Mermaids, Burnout Witches and Burnout Hoes.

... growing as a professional and individual.

Burnout Bitches 
The Five Stages: The Offering

Gallery Toolbox, Berlin (GE), 2017
Photo: Salla Keskinen


melanie.orenius (a)   (art/other)
melanie.orenius (a)   (museum related)

or astral projecting

I speak: Finnish, Swedish, English
Based in: Helsinki, Finland

Some stuff I’ve done before the stuff I’m doing now, in no particular order

Master’s Degree Programme in Art Education (2022)
Master’s degree programme in Fine Art (2014)
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland

Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Fine Art (2011)
University for the Creative Arts, England

Exchange Studies, Fine Art (2010)
Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Fine Art’s Programme, equivelant to foundation degree (2008)
Västra Nylands folkhögskola, Finland

Writer’s Residency (2023)
Donnerska residenset, Finland

Artist Residency (2013) 
Villa Karo, Benin

Art exhibitions and performances (2007 - current)
In Finland, Sweden, England, Portugal, Germany and Benin

Museum and exhibitions guide (2007 - current)

In Fiskars summer exhibitions, Amos Anderson’s Art Museum, Kiasma and Amos Rex

LGBTQ+ Rights and Awareness
Events and charity work

Art teacher
Freelance workshops and Kirkkonummi Art School

Gallery assistant

Artist’s assistant

Egyptin varjo ”The Shadow of Egypt” (2020 - 2021)
Course project and Zine, Aalto-University and Amos Rex
Winner of the Pedaali Annual Award in Museum Pedagogy 2021

Burnout Mermaids: Merpersons (2020)
Part of Frame’s Rehearsing Hospitalities in collaboration with Museum of Impossible Forms

Speaker at seminars and webinars
- Sixth Finnish Colloquium of Middle East and North African Studies (2021)
- Artist talks (since 2011)
- Guest lecturer (since 2020)

Memberships (current):
Pedaali ry, Kuvataideopettajat ry