Mari Roosvalt's personal exhibition "Beyond the Sea"


Mari Roosvalt will open her personal exhibition Beyond the Sea in Draakon gallery at 5pm on Monday, November 25, 2019.
The artist presents newly completed paintings that are accompanied by the sound installation by Örnólfur Eldon Þórsson and Krõõt-Kärt Kaev.
Mari Roosvalt contemplates on her current exposition as follows: While living by the sea and observing its constantly changing force of nature day by day, I find myself asking: What does „beyond the sea” really mean? Is it about its depth or anything else? The climate change, a global or local catastrophe? My attempt as a painter is to discuss these issues through minimalistic yet extremely colourful and biomorphic images full of vitality. The picked photographs that resonate to the present day have become increasingly important in my artwork. While turning the surfaces of canvases into immense stagings, I am moving towards the format of free painting where nature and art are densely correlated. Current exhibition of painting and music forms a whole and has been inspired by for forces of nature.
Mari Roosvalt has graduated from the department of painting at Estonian State Art Insitute in 1969 and she has worked as an art teacher in Tallinn Secondary School No. 7, Tallinn Secondary School No. 46, Tallinn Art School and Tallinn Pedagogical University. Since 1992, Mari Roosvalt has been working in various positions at Tallinn Academy of Arts. Since 1970, the artist has been actively participating in exhibitions. Roosvalt has been recognized with several reputable art awards, including the Konrad Mägi Award. While in 1980 she mainly practised abstract painting and moved towards abstract expressionism in 1990s, at her current exhibition Mari Roosvalt has followed her author's technique that she acquired in late 1990s when she started adding photographic means into her artwork.
Art historian Juta Kivimäe has written about Mari Roosvalt's artwork:
The primeval force of nature alternates with the urban strata of ancient high culture without excluding each other. Roosvalt has been enchanted by the fragments representing the general and the global, by the signs or symbols characteristic to environment, but also by the comparison to a natural environment. Something that we are used to consider as an European viewpoint to culture today emerges in Roosvalt's artwork. From abstract impressions of texture and colour specific fragments come forward that document presence in time and space, recorded and mediated by the artist in her unique way. The viewer receives the experience of a somewhat fragile symbiosis of both contemporary and ancient culture of mankind - which perspectives in the new millennium will be unpredictable. This is all extremely pictoresque and permanent.
Exhibition will be open until December 14, 2019.
Supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Estonian Artists' Association.
Exhibitions in Draakon gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture and Liviko Ltd.
Additional information:
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