© 2020 by Merle Luhaäär

I’VE ALWAYS WANTED IT ALL & I CHOSE NOT TO CHOOSE

As a person and as well as an artist. I am a painter and a printmaker and a photographer and a video artist, but also busy with designing interiors and garments.

MY RELIGION IS SELF BELIEF

I’m studying popular culture from Jesus Christ to Bart Simpson. Superheroes as pop icons and transhistorical characters allow me to draw the matrix we project, the reality we create. I’m deconstructing to reconstruct while being a tourist in my own town and trying to catch the god factor between prehistoric and post historic times.

FEW CREATION MOMENTS

 

2017-2018 I have been researching SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS and conducting my works mainly in mediums such as painting, screen-print, digital print and textile print. The outcome were three major artworks: 'Clueless'. digital print, screen print, 2018, 'Serendipity', textile print, 2018 & 'The Picnic: How Much Is The Fish?', mixed-media (screen-print, digital print, painting, feathers), 2018. 

During summer 2018 when I participated at Venice Summer Academy, I started to experiment with cutouts and pigment powders creating smaller collages, some of what ended up as a prototype for 'Minotaur' screen prints later on, as well as large scale paintings on canvas. The experimentation with surfaces, found objects and fluidity of form inspired me to create a piece of multilayered print 'Hey Mickey' (digital print on transparent film, glittered wooden board), what was exhibited at Brexhibition exhibit that took place in Kensington Courtyard Galleries March 2019.

In winter 2019 I  started to play around with MOVING IMAGE and PAINTING. This resulted the use of the painting 'Black Heart' (2018) as a raw material for a gif, that was exhibited as a part of installation in February 2019 at Southwark Park Galleries Show together with a triptych of abstract paintings 'Coz It Was All Yellow', 'Red Oblivion' and " Midnight Blues" (2018).

I've been also PLAYING WITH TRANSPARENCY & INTEGRATING TEXT INTO VISUAL WORK. The devil of the 'Black Heart' made it to the cover of my first hand made artist book in February 2019. The book consists of transparent and non transparent digitally printed pages that present the details of my latest artworks in various collages. Likewise 'Poison,' 'Till The Day I Die' and 'I Will Always Love You' screen printed series, the artist book also integrates an element of text into the visual art, that culminated in tracey - emin - style neon sign.

I've gone back FROM DIGITAL TO PHYSICAL & FOUND OBJECTS and I approach TEXT and PAINTING as a SCULPTURE. This is how 'The Gucci Bird' was transformed into 'The Murdered Gucci Bird' (exhibited at Swiss Art Expo 2019).

merle.luhaaar@gmail.com

Tel: +372 56871200

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