Cryptograms Captured in Glass
Ivo Lill: "I have always been attracted to ornaments and ethnographic symbols. In university, I participated in an expedition on the Kola Peninsula, where we studied the Finno-Ugric house marks. Kaljo Põllu’s bright personality was so enrapturing that when I returned from the expedition, I captured the thoughts that occupied my mind in my paintings. I tried to squeeze as much depth and space into the canvas as I could by using relief paste and multi-layering. However, I realized that planar format is too constricting for the rendering of this legacy and I thus started looking for ways to capture these house marks in glass.
The “Memory Code” series reflects fragments of patterns of Estonian folk costumes and its belt design. Since glass is three-dimensional, different memory codes are revealed by turning the compositions – one angle makes the ornament appear dashingly twisted, another so tautening as if it were on the edge of breaking, third angle makes the ornament disappear entirely, and finally, the pattern fills the whole surface once again. The design of the belts stores the nation’s history, its courageousness and misery but only those who are dedicated to it can understand that. Pictorial expressions are like secret writings that are protected against the evil eye and that, to a stranger, seem as innocent decorative ornaments, nothing more...
The “Gates” series introduces crisp and laconic glass forms to the viewer, who is then drawn to the curved mirror and invited to the world behind the gate. The viewer does not necessarily have to go through them, but once facing their “gates”, one must decide: should they go through them, in them, over them, or re-build them.
The deceptive “Chameleons” change themselves according to the viewer’s will: just wish so and they are virtuously transparent, take a step aside and you will see the inviting light shimmering, take another step and you shall be consumed by the Will-o'-the-wisps.
„Fool’s gold“ offers ritzy gold glitter and sparkle, everything humane that you have been secretly dreaming about and just the way you dreamed it – lots of it and right away.
This is what the mystery of glass lies in – in a new milieu and light, it starts its life. A life where an open-minded viewer is what is most important – a viewer who sees glass as more than just a knickknack and makes time for absorption and deeper reflection."
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