Nov.10 – Dec. 3, 2006
Tallin Art Hall Gallery
Vabaduse väljak 8
Glass artists Mare Saare and Tiina Sarapu have built their recent exhibitions upon certain projects: delving into a subject, playing with conceptual and formal issues; analysing glass as a material with exceptional qualities and, above all, with diverse meanings.
They have had several individual exhibitions but on frequent occasions also with other glass artists or artists working in another medium. A couple of years ago Tiina Sarapu together with glass artists Kalli Sein, Maret Sarapu and naturalist and photographer Fred Jüssi examined the structures of natural materials (snow, ice) and glass at a joint exhibition in Tallinn City Gallery. In 2005 Mare Saare and Tiina Sarapu had a joint exhibition in Brygge together with painters A. Riemer and L. Boudens.
The subject of the present exhibition has been called forth by everyday life: the necessity to find a balance between commitments and needs, a balance between contributing and receiving. An artist’s position is to make a statement, to manifest one’s point of view. Society expects a message from the artist.
On the other hand there is the artist’s desire to stay silent, in solitude, independent, not to interfere, listen to the silence and be devoted; by commitment impart one’s message quietly but consistently: Mare Saare by absorption into cultural and art history, Tiina Sarapu into music and books.
The silent messenger is glass, a material both durable and fragile. Working with glass demands consistency and devotion.
Mare Saare’s silent witnesses are listening to the pause played from transparent music-paper by Tiina Sarapu’s orchestra and reading Tiina Sarapu’s transparent books which have never been written. Or maybe they have, but are forgotten and awaiting to be re-discovered.
Mare Saare’s graphical mantras in glass as well as Tiina Sarapu’s crystal clear pendulum and unwritten history books lead the spectators to contemplate on peace, pureness and tranquility.