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Riin Kaljurand

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Lady in green, 10.05.2015 Acrylic And Household Paint
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Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side, 2014 Acrylic Paint
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Stereotype of My Mother, 2015 March
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Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015 Acrylic Paint, Household Paint, Charocal
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Red, 2014 Acrylic, Household Paint And Charocal
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Snow, 2014 Acrylic And Household Paint
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Hitchcockian Dream, 2015 Acrylic And Household Paint
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Head in Clouds, 2014 Acrylic And Household Paint
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Curly Hair, 2015 Acrylic, Household Paint And Charocal On Plywood
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Smoke gets in your Eyes, 2014 Artist Acrylic And Household Paint
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Three Musketeers, 2015 Artistc Acrylic And Household Paint On Fabric
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Leftovers, 2014 Collaged Artist Acrylic Paint On Cardboard
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Knitting, 2014 Collaged And Knitted Artist Acyrlic And Household Paint On Plywood
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Builderwoman 2, 2014 Collaged Artist Acrylic Paint On Cardboard
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Class Photo, 2014 Collaged Artist Acrylic Paint On Canvas
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Grey, 2015 Collaged Artist Acrylic And Household Paint 24 X 41 X 3 Centimeters
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Purple, 2015 July Collaged Artist Acrylic And Household Paint
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Brown Charcoal, 18.6.15 Collaged Artist Acrylic And Household Paint, Charocal
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Cow Milker, 2015 October Collaged Artist Acrylic And Household Paint 34 X 23 X 3 Centimeters
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Lace, November 2015 Collaged Artist Acrylic And Household Paint 28 X 32 X 3 Centimeters
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Black, 2016 January Collage Made From Dried Sheets Of Acrylic And Household Paint 45 X 34 X 3 Centimeters
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Two Piece, 2016, March Collage/Painting Made From Dried Sheets Of Acrylic And Household Paint 65 X 85 X 6 Centimeters
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Hands, 2016 February Collage/Painting Made From Acrylic And Household Paintskins 65 X 85 X 5 Centimeters
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A Hand, 2015 October Collage/Painting Made From Dried Acrylic And Household Paintskins 34 X 28 X 4 Centimeters
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Three Women, 2016 January Collage/Painting Made From Dried Acrylic And Household Paintskins 62 X 62 X 5 Centimeters
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Bad Case of Loving You, 2016 March Painting/Collage Made From Acrylic And Household Paint Skins 64 X 34 X 5 Centimeters
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Fisherwoman, May 2016 Painting/Collage Made From Acrylic And Household Paint Skins And Incorporated With Knitted Paint 34 X 27 X 4 Centimeters
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We Are Working, May 2016 Painting/Collage Made From Acrylic And Household Paint Skins And Incorporated With Knitted Paint 72 X 65 X 4 Centimeters
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Grapes of Wrath, May 1st Painting/Collage Made From Acrylic And Household Paint Skins And Incorporated With Knitted Paint 95 X 60 X 9 Centimeters
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The Dark One, 22 May 2016 Painting/Collage Made From Acrylic And Household Paint Skins. 61 X 40 X 4 Centimeters
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In the Factory, 2016 May Painting/Collage Made From Acrylic And Household Paint Skins. 70 X 54 X 10 Centimeters
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The Poor Man's Ceramics 2, June 2016 Painting/Collage Made From Acrylic And Household Paint Skins. 40 X 30 X 5 Centimeters
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Technical Drawing, 2016 July Acrylic Paint 40 X 30 X 1 Centimeters
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Mechanical Drawing, 2016 July Acrylic Paint 40 X 30 X 1 Centimeters
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Buildergirl, 2016 July Painting/Collage Made From Acrylic And Household Paint Skins And Incorporated With Knitted Paint 40 X 30 X 3 Centimeters
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The Woman with the Coat, 2016 July Painting/Collage Made From Acrylic And Household Paint Skins And Incorporated With Knitted Paint 40 X 30 X 5 Centimeters
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Woman with the Coat 2, 2016 August Painting/Collage Made From Acrylic And Household Paint Skins And Incorporated With Knitted Paint 40 X 30 X 5 Centimeters
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Lilac, 2017 February Painting/Collage Constructed Out Of Acrylic/Household Paint Skins And Knitted Paint 34*25cm
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Estonia
Birth year
1979
Lives in
Dublin
Works in
Dublin
Schools
National College of Art and Design, 2015, bachelors
Tags
collage, painting, figurative, mixed-media
Statement

Artist’s Statement

 


Riin Kaljurand


My current painting practice has been very much influenced by my geopolitical origins. I was born in 1979, in the former Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, then part of the Soviet Union, an era which has always fascinated me with its paradoxes and peculiarities.

Much of my imagery is directly taken from Soviet Estonia’s women’s magazine ‘Soviet Woman’. As Judith Butler says: ‘Masculine and feminine roles are not biologically fixed but socially constructed.’ ‘Soviet Woman’ created images of femininity according to the communist ideology of work – women as hard working comrades of Soviet society. Sections of the magazine were dedicated to teaching women skills, that were considered useful, like cooking, health and beauty, and hand-crafting skills like crocheting, knitting, sowing, etc. It even included indispensable life skills like raising children.

The source material I work from dates from 1955 to the 1980s; I usually select photographs which feature women hard at work in traditionally ‘masculine’ milieus like farms, factories and construction sites. 

My paintings are collaged from dried layers of acrylic or household paint, which I manipulate at different stages of drying – by scraping, folding, cutting, drawing into and building up. My work is distinguished by a palpable use of surface textures cast as paint. I often manipulate the context of mass-produced materials and convert them into figurative artworks. I also use cosmetic items to make marks into paint. The paint in this way becomes the surface as well as the medium. I often try to make the paint look like some other material, e.g., wool, wood or stone – frequently as a playful response to the materials represented in the source photographs. Some of my paintings are built up by collaborating collage techniques and traditional handcraft, such as basket weaving, knitting and crocheting (jobs that women were required to do, according to the social idea of femininity constructed by the magazine ‘Soviet Woman’).

My biggest influence through out my art practice is contemporary and traditional ceramics. That is the reason; I use gold and silver in my works. In contemporary and traditional ceramics usage of silver and gold is often a must, but in painting usage of silver or gold is not that common. 

I also use mass-produced tools, considered traditionally feminine, like icing nozzles and hair combs to create my paintings. To give my work a three-dimensional sculptural form, I make acetate structures by vacuum forming traditionally considered feminine objects like combs, brushes, cosmetic items, polishers, files, toys etc. Then I fill these forms with paint and when paint has dried, I remove these sculptural paint objects from acetate structures and incorporate them into my paintings. I generally choose to hang the paintings further from the wall to emphasise their object-like format.


 

Artist's Biography


 To begin talking about my work, I find it is most helpful to talk about my history and upbringing. I like to think that true art should be as a result of a person’s journey through life; unique and personal. I was born in the Former Soviet Socialist Republic of Estonia. The era in which I was born has always fascinated me with its paradoxes and peculiarities. Suffice to say, my geographical origin hugely influences my art.

 I moved to Ireland a decade ago, and I found there was always a part of me that wanted to return to education and continue studying my craft. Four years ago I decided to go back to college to pursue studies in Fine Art Painting. I graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art, Paint from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Through both my earlier experience as an artist and through continued learning in college, I have found my own unique style which takes from many aspects of my upbringing and heritage. The imagery of my work is directly taken from Soviet Estonia’s women’s magazine ‘Soviet Woman’. As Judith Butler says: ‘Masculine and feminine roles are not biologically fixed but socially constructed‘. ‘Soviet Woman’ created images of femininity according to the communist ideology of work – women as hard working comrades of Soviet society.

 My paintings/collages are made from acrylic and household paint skins using a collage technique. I manipulate these pieces during different stages of drying – by scraping, folding, cutting, drawing into and building up. For me the most enjoyable and exciting part of my work is inventing new ways to create art. For example, recently I have started to make acetate structures by vacuum forming traditionally considered feminine objects like combs, brushers, cosmetic items, polishers, files, toys, etc. I then fill these forms with paint, and when it has dried, I remove these sculptural paint objects from acetate structures and incorporate them into my paintings. 

 

Riin Kaljurand                                                                                                                 

Based in Dublin

Contact information: riinkaljurand@gmail.com


 

Education and Training


2011-2015 National College of Art and Design (NCAD) Dublin                                   

BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting

Thesis Research: ‘Cover Girls and Working Women- construction of ‘Femininity’ in Soviet Estonia’ – Research thesis into the construction of femininity in Soviet Estonia’s woman’s magazine ‘Soviet Woman’.

 

2010-2011 Portfolio course, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

 

1986-1990 Parnu Fine Art School, Parnu, Estonia


 

Selected Group Exhibitions


Dates 14th - 16th of May 2012

Location National College of Art and Design

Title of exhibition First Year Studies End of Year Show

 

Dates 23th – 29th of May 2013

Location Light House Cinema, Smithfield

Title of exhibition Kiln Paint

 

Date 16th of January 2014

Location ‘Pop Up Gallery’, Bray to Tara Street Dart service, Dublin

Title of exhibition #dArt

 

Dates 12th – 18th of May 2014

Location Hendrons Collider

Title of exhibition 3

 

Date 31st of October 2014

Location ‘Pop up Exhibition’, Project Space, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

Title of Exhibition We’re Painters not Poster Makers

 

Date 12th – 21st of June 2015

Location National College of Art and Design, Dublin

Title of Exhibition Degree Show

 

Date 28th – 30th August 2015

Location RDS Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

Title of Exhibition Student Award Show

 

Date 9th – 11th August 2015

Location RDS Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

Title of Exhibition 'Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show'

 

         Date 21th - 24th August 2015

Location MART Project Space, Dublin, Ireland

Title of Exhibition 'Saw Dust'

 

         Date 10th – 30th September 2015

Location Dublin, Ireland, Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Title of Exhibition ‘SCOOP Art Auction and Exhibition’

 

        Juried Exhibition: Date 25th September – 23rd October, 2015

Location USA, Cincinnati, Ohio

Title of Exhibition ‘Season 12 FRESH PAINT Exhibition’ 


  

2016 Selected Group Exhibitions


        Date 4th March - 8th April 2016

Location Wexford, Ireland, Presenation Arts Centre

Title of the Exhibition 'Behind the Margin'

 

       Date 10th - 13th of March 2016

Location Dublin, Ireland, The Fumbally Exchange

Title of the Exhibition 'Perennial'

 

      Date 22 March - 11 June 2016

Location Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) Gallery

Title of the Exhibition Juried '186th RHA Annual Exhibition'

 

      Date 29 April - 1 May 2016

Location USA, Los Angeles, Paloma Street Studio

Title of the Exhibition 'Borderlands'

 

      Date 21st May 

Location Facebook, Virtual Exhibition, USA, San Fransisco, 011 Gallery

Title of the Exhibition ' Impossible Possibilities'

 

      Date 25th June - 17th July

Location Denmark, Copenhagen, Galleri Oxholm

Title of the Exhibition 'Ferniserg: SOLO - "POV" af Olav Mathisen and sommerudstilling'

 

       Date 8th July - 10th August 

Location, Ireland, Dublin, The Molesworth Gallery 

Title of the Exhibition, Veins // Small ..... far away

Curators, Peter Pendergast and Davey Moore

 

      Date 9 July - 13 August

Location USA, Santa Monica, Craig Krull Gallery

Title of the Exhibition 'Paint is a Thing'


 

2017 Selected Group Exhibitions


       Date 30th November - 16th January

Location, Estonia, Parnu, Parnu City Gallery

Title of Exhibition "Parnu Annual Art Exhibition

 

      Date 1st January - 31st January

Location, New York, United Stated of America, Slayer Gallery

Title of Exhibition "No History"

 

     Date 10th – 31st January

Location, New York, United States of America, The Painting Center Online Gallery

Title of Exhibition “Art File”

 

     Date 11th - 16th May

Location, Dublin, Ireland, NCAD (National College of Art and Design) Gallery

Title of Exhibition ‘Bare Magazine’ Issue two launch


Selected Solo Exhibitions


            Date 2017

Location RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Title of the Exhibition 'Celebration of Worker!'

Curator: Ruth Carroll


Art Fairs


             Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair

Date 8th – 12th February 2017

Location World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands

with Project2.0/Gallery The Hague, Netherlands

 

            K-Fest

Date 2th – 5th July 2017

Location, Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland


Awards


2015 Art Slant Prize, ‘Showcase Winner’. Art Slant.com, June 2015

RDS Concert Hall, Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, 2015

RDS Concert Hall, Student Award Show, 2015

RDS Concert Hall, Student Art Awards, Monster Truck Studio Award, July 28, 2015

2015 Art Slant Prize. 'Showcase Winner'. Art Slant.com, August 2015

          2016 Working Artist Grant/Purchase Award for the month of February

          2016 Artist Project Initative Painting and Drawing Award Finalist 2015

          2016 October, ‘Average Art’, Volume 3, UK


 

Residency


Studio residency, MART Project Space, Dublin, Ireland, June - August, 2015


 

Publications


           2015,  ‘Art’s New Wave’, Irish Arts Review,  Autumn Issue

           2015,  The Scoop Art Cook Book, 

           2015, ‘Fresh Paint Magazine’, October Issue

           2015, 'Aye Magazine', November Online Issue

           2015, tn2, October Online Issue, interview

           2015, Archive Collective Magazine, December Online Issue

           2015,  Floorr Magazine. January Online Issue, interview 

           2016, July, ' Studio Visit Magazine', Volume 34, USA

           2016, August, ‘The International Painting Annual (INPA6)’, Manifest                                      Juried Publication, Ohio, USA

           2017, 'Contemporary Art Curator' online Magazine

           2017 April, ‘Art Maze Magazine’, Issue 2

           2017 May, ‘Bare Magazine’, Issue 2


 

Blogs


          Susan Butler, 'Cheat Sheet: Summer group shows (and what curators are writing about them), Two Coats of Paint, 'Two Coats of Paint       Blog',July 19, 2016


 

Print Media 


          Aidan Dunne, "The tricky ethics of painting human suffering," The Irish Times, July             27, 2016 

          Deborah Stambler, "Fold, Paint, Displat - Two New Artists at Bergamont Station,"                 The Huffington Post, July 6, 2016


 

Collections


          The Cucumbers - Office of Public Works (OPW) Irish State art Collection (2016),                   Ireland


 

Affiliations and Memberships


 

           Visual Artists Ireland

 

           Current Representation: PotatoMike, Online Gallery, potatomike.com

            

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