Riin Kaljurand

Artist Statment

Much of my imagery 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 are collaged from dried layers of acrylic or household paint, which I manipulate at different stages of drying – by scraping, folding, cutting, drawing into and building up.

 

Artist Biography

I am Estonian artist, painter currently residing in Dublin, Ireland. To begin talking about my work, I find it is most helpful to talk about my history and upbringing. 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. The imagery of my work is directly taken from Soviet Estonia’s women’s magazine ‘Soviet Woman’.

2016 - 62*62cm - acrylic/household paint skins and knitted paint
Three Women
2016 - 62*62cm - acrylic/household paint skins and knitted paint
2016 - 38*42cm acrylic/household paint skins and knitted paint
Bless This Mess
2016 - 38*42cm acrylic/household paint skins and knitted paint
 2016 - 75*62cm acrylic/household paint skins and knitted paint
Hands
2016 - 75*62cm acrylic/household paint skins and knitted paint

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