chinese surfer vase
Leaving the old town of Tallinn behind, you’ll find an area, calm and nice, with wooden houses. “I like this one, it looks like the one from the moomins.”
“It’s like you also give away a part of yourself.”
Liisas flat is half atelier, half storage room. The canvases that don’t fit on the walls anymore, are properly aligned in all possible corners of the rooms. Liisa fantasized about how to get rid of all her paintings. Best thing would probably be to sell all of them at once or leave them in the flat and move out. Though she admitted that it feels a little bit weird, when she sells something. “It’s like you also give away a part of yourself.” A part that will be in someones living room maybe.
The sceneries that I find in Liisas images, are mostly drawn with fine lines, and layered with pastel colors like, pink, mint, bright blue and soft yellow. Mostly they show figures in some every day life moment; at home, at public places, the beach, some café, surrounded by plants, patterns and textiles.
Their decorative beauty, comes along with a wink of an eye. Liisa illustrates the people and moments she observes, slightly ironically, but caring.
There is a density, whether in the more graphic drawings or in the partly abstract and soaked paintings. They almost come along like patterns.
“It’s so funny what people say sometimes! All you have to do, is listen to them.”
To find a concrete idea Liisa sat down and looked through her note book. Anything she observes out there in the world and considers as interesting, she writes down or draws it into the sketch book.
She told me that she likes to listen to strangers conversations and that she gets a lot of inspiration from that. “It’s so funny what people say sometimes! All you have to do, is listen to them.” When something occurs to be interesting or funny or absurd, she writes it down and there it waits for its’ time to shine. She uses the phrases for example to title her works, to add an unexpected or edgy twist.
“I just have to have it.”
Suddenly, with a flash of inspiration, Liisa jumped up and brought a small Chinese ink vase from the window bench. It came to her mind that she wanted to paint a surfer motive on the white porcelain vessel. She told me when she had such an incidence, she would have to go out and search for a specific item until she found it. “I just have to have it.”
Step by step she would choose a color and put the elements on the vase, as if she had done it already a hundred times: First the waves. Then some tiny spots in a bright peach pink. Then little surfboards. Finally the surfers and so on. After each step she would observe the artwork and think about if it needed more details and which color to use. “I don’t want to use black with this.” So she went for a dark green to accentuate some darker spots. You also wouldn’t find any blue in her motive.
“If you study something, you should be interested in it.”