To begin talking about my work, I find it is most helpful to talk about my history and upbringing. I like to think that true art should be as a result of a person’s journey through life; unique and personal. I was born in the Former Soviet Socialist Republic of Estonia. The era in which I was born has always fascinated me with its paradoxes and peculiarities. Suffice to say, my geographical origin hugely influences my art.
I moved to Ireland a decade ago, and I found there was always a part of me that wanted to return to education and continue studying my craft. Four years ago I decided to go back to college to pursue studies in Fine Art Painting. I graduated with an honors degree in Fine Art, Paint from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Through both my earlier experience as an artist and through continued learning in college, I have found my own unique style which takes from many aspects of my upbringing and heritage. The imagery of my work is directly taken from Soviet Estonia’s women’s magazine ‘Soviet Woman’. As Judith Butler says: ‘Masculine and feminine roles are not biologically fixed but socially constructed‘. ‘Soviet Woman’ created images of femininity according to the communist ideology of work – women as hard working comrades of Soviet society.
My paintings/collages are made from acrylic and household paint skins using a collage technique. I manipulate these pieces during different stages of drying – by scraping, folding, cutting, drawing into and building up. For me the most enjoyable and exciting part of my work is inventing new ways to create art. For example, recently I have started to make acetate structures by vacuum forming traditionally considered feminine objects like combs, brushers, cosmetic items, polishers, files, toys, etc. I then fill these forms with paint, and when it has dried, I remove these sculptural paint objects from acetate structures and incorporate them into my paintings.
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