On Friday, 11 November at 6 p.m. Kersti Rattus opens her solo exhibition “A Garden of Change” in the small gallery of Tartu Art House.
The exhibition is an insight into the artist’s recent explorations and an overview of the path the artist has taken in her career.
The works in the exhibition are in one way or another dedicated to the life of plants. Among the new works, however, there is also a painting from an earlier time, when human relationships seemed to determine the entire existence, and a textile print recalling the long-ago times.
“Although a garden as a metaphor has been used a lot, at this point in my life it is very close to my body and soul,” the artist contemplates. “Turning seventy, I have realised that in a way a garden is an exit strategy from life for me. A quiet way of dissolving into the whole, the eternity. In my garden I meet both the finiteness and the infinity of life, I feel my personal part in this mystery of life.”
Kersti Rattus (b 1952) studied theatre design and painting at the State Art Institute. She has been a lecturer at the Viljandi Culture Academy since 1995 (assistant professor since 1997), teaching painting, composition and visual technologies of scenography. Since 1997, she has designed the Viljandi Folk Music Festival and in 2006–2012 the performance venues of the Tartu Hanseatic Days. She is one of the founding members of the group “Para -89”. In 1990, Rattus was awarded the Konrad Mägi Award.
The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
The exhibition is open until 11 December.
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