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 Uni Nissinen, as the other half of Burnout Bitches.

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

... Breathe - You know comic book for pre-teens.
For Amos Rex art museum with Laura Porola and Ulla Donner, published in spring 2024 by SKS Kirjat.

... 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/texts/workshops/lectures/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, workshops and charity work

Art teacher
Freelance workshops and teacher at Kirkkonummi Art School

Trained in: Visual Thinking Strategies, public speaking, improvisation, easy language, nonverbal communication, visual description, basics in game design, gamification

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
- Game Amos (2023)
- Sixth Finnish Colloquium of Middle East and North African Studies (2021)
- Artist talks (since 2011)
- Guest lecturer on art and museum pedagogy (since 2020)

Memberships (current):
Pedaali ry, Kuvataideopettajat ry