Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Silja Salmistu

Rowanberries © Silja Salmistu
Name: Silja Salmistu
URL: http://www.salmistu.dk/426748872
Bio: Silja Salmistu is an Estonian living in Denmark. She graduated from Tartu Art School (Est) in 1986 as a designer-decorator, and from Tartu University in 1994 as a painter. She has participated in exhibitions since 1987, mostly in Estonia, but also in England, Finland and Denmark where she moved Denmark in 2002. She is a recent Pastel 100 Award winner.
Medium: Pastel; oil; watercolour
Subjects : Still life, flowers, landscape.
"Painting still life,  a silent existence of ordinary things, fruits and flowers, is a meditative process."
Style: Representational. But very loose and expressive.
"The Estonian artist Silja Salmistu has taken the simple composition and illustrates the still life genre as a living tradition, which also can accommodate changing opportunities. She uses traditional composition where there is both an awareness of tradition and of renewal to trace her pictures. Silja creates a visual and spatial expression, where she provides space for various familiar elements, such as flowers, vases, fruits, tables, chairs, books, pictures and other little things – things which make a kind of game of miming reality.
Silja has a great compositional ability, where she with a relatively simple and efficient installation creates dialogue between the different things and allows as much space and value as possible. She lets different contrasting objects play against each other's shape, color, texture and size. The light which is an important factor in Siljas images, capturing her in a very special way, so you get the feeling of light wrapping around the objects and give them life in a wonderful play of colours."

Commentary rephrased, from Kirsten-Marie Hedeland, Art Critic and writer at the Danish Art Magazine Kunstavisen
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