I like the fact of people not knowing the medium used in my works – I like them wondering if it’s painting or photography. Also one of the key words in my works is “shocking”. For me it has always been important not to create a picture perfect image rather than creating something memorable in which case I’m using the term “shocking” or “not suitable” – it means that I like to create images which the viewer has to look and observe for a long time in order to understand what is happening or what might have happened or will happen. And to achieve that feeling I am adding a lot of details and improper elements to my images. Working with two different mediums gives me an opportunity to create a world that doesn’t exist and I can go crazy with my imagination. It is important that the viewer will remember my work and will get that “special feeling” from of my images. If I start creating an image the first thing that I do is research to see that the image in my head doesn’t look anything like what already exists. Originality is very important!
I’m from Estonia but I lived 6 years in the Netherlands. I am pretty much as every other girl in their twenties. I’m friendly and fun to be around and I make silly jokes especially when I’m nervous. My worse part is that I am really critical about myself and I tend to be really shy in front of the people that I don’t know. Talking in front of the public is my biggest fear. And what I do is art. I never think when I am working and therefore I have no certain mood. It’s kind of an out of body feeling, I just get stuck into the picture that I’m making and the only thing in my head is – how to make it better.
For me it is really important to be original. I hate copy-cats. If I start working I make sure that this kind of image which I have in my mind has not been done before. That’s why I Google some of the words which would describe my idea and see the image results for them. Of course there is a part of me that wants to make living with my art. Art is the only thing that I know and can do – there is no other thing that I would imagine myself doing job wise. Ever since I was 7 years old I knew that I will be an artist and nothing else. And this is the best feeling when I know that I can earn money while doing what I love the most! It’s always important to have a good environment and to get attention and support when you are doing something – especially in the creative field. It takes a lot of courage and strength to create something out of nothing and then get the positive response in return. No one wants to be criticized especially in something that they love to do.
This is my first exhibition (Kohvik Noorus, Lai 10, Tallinn) and the response has been great so far, people have been coming up to me and congratulating me and telling me that they really loved it (greatest feeling ever!) I’ve had 5 group exhibitions before in the Netherlands and the response for those has also been very positive and I’ve got really good feedback – for an example I was asked to join for another exhibition (Het Kunstgebeuren – which is one of the biggest exhibitions in the Netherlands).
I think people in Tallinn are more critical and speak more about what is on their mind than in any other country. I can give an example when I was living in the Netherlands no one dared to tell me to my face what they thought of my images, they always said that it was good even if they didn’t mean it and believe me I know when they didn’t like my work. In contrast to that are Estonian people who will say exactly what they think and feel and even more. It’s so much more useful in the future point of view. I work when ever I feel like it or when I get really inspired by something. I have to quit everything that I was doing before and start working on it. But the exceptions are orders – when ever I will get an order I start with it immediately. I hate when a client has to wait.
This is the only thing that I know how to do and what keeps me calm when I am upset. Also whenever I see someone drawing on TV I get this urge to draw. I have developed into the style that I have at the moment because I couldn’t decide which medium is the best for me to work with – painting or photography – therefore I decided to mix both of these mediums.
Never let anyone get in your way and make you feel bad about your work, criticism is the best motivation. Keep on dreaming and trying and never stop till you achieve everything you have ever wanted.
I started with my art education when I was 7 years old and entered to Pelgulinna Art Gymnasium. I studied there for 9 years and after that switched to Tallinn’s Art Gymnasium. After a year of study I moved to the Netherlands and immediately joined the art University of Hague named KABK (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts). During the study in KABK I also managed to study half year in Estonian Art Academy as an exchange student. After Graduating in 2010 I moved back to Estonia and started creating my own brand.
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