colours of corals / värvikorallid
collaborative exhibition with artist Liisa Kruusamägi
14.10–2.11.2021 at HOP Gallery in Tallinn, Estonia
blown glass vessels, steel wire, painting on canvas
glass vessels h 230 mm, bottom Ø 550 mm, opening Ø 750 mm
Exhibition Colours of Corals brings together the artwork of glass artist Maarja Mäemets and painter/illustrator Liisa Kruusmägi. Kruusmägi`s elaborate and lavish painting as well as Mäemets`s simple and pure treatment of form are seeking for a mutual balance that would softly caress the viewer`s senses. The artwork exhibited at the current exhibition has been inspired by the diversity of natural historian David Attenbouroughs TV series as well as by the artists personal experience.
Liisa Kruusmägi`s 14-metre-long colourful painting, inspired by the subaqual world, corals and fish, extends to the whole gallery – when entering the exhibition space, the viewer has the feeling of being under water. The installation of Maarja Mäemets`s clear glass objects balances the richness depicted on the gallery walls. The repetitive, clean cylindrical form of varieties of colours has been inspired by the enchanting structure of corals, with all its intricate details of these water organisms. Mäemets`s approach towards form is intentionally inductive, whereas the initial impulse has been left to the viewer to perceive. The simple narrative has given both artists working in different media an opportunity to shift their creative borders without losing their individual creative aesthetics and identity. This has resulted in a unique site-specific artwork that creates balance through oppositions.
Glass objects by Maarja Mäemets
Paintings by Liisa Kruusmägi
Sound by Taavi Tulev
Thank You: Maria Valdma, Rait Lõhmus, Eili Soon, Taavi Tulev, Greenerlife Store OÜ, Liisi Küla