Repeating Patterns

Both Sirja-Liisa Eelma and Mari Kurismaa are well known to art lovers and have also received awards for their work at different times: Mari for her so-called metaphysical paintings of frozen silence from the 1980s and 1990s and later also as a highly respected interior architect; and Sirja-Liisa for her work that has evolved from the satirical projects of the early 2000s where she often incorporated word plays to today´s  paintings characterised by poetic imagery. The pictures in this exhibition are like messengers from another world. The paintings displayed can be thought of as “fine-textured supportive companions”, as Mari Kurismaa sees them, or as Sirja-Liisa Eelma writes in her notes: “A work of art could also be exquisite. Aesthetically pleasing and clean. And orderly. And of course, also profound, spiritual, holy and all.”