Born in 1952, Kaikkonen spent her childhood in Iisalmi in rural Finland. During the 1970’s she moved to Helsinki, where she trained at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts from. She has shown her work through group and solo exhibitions since 1984. In 1989 Kaikkonen received a State Art Award and was given a five-year artist’s stipend, by the Finnish State between 1994-98. She was awarded The Prize for Environmental Art, Finland in 2001, and will represent Finland at the 8th Havana Biennial, Cuba in November 2003.
Kaikkonen makes sculptures from used materials such as telephone directories, potato sacks and second-hand clothing. Using her personal experiences as a starting point, her work explores the human condition, with life, death, memory and memorial having a tangible presence in many of her works.
Kaikkonen has exhibited in Europe and North America. Her commission for Fabrica is her first major exhibition in the UK. She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.