19.69"W x 15.75"H x 0.0"D

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Silja Salmistu

Slagelse, 85

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: pastel, impressionistic, fragrance, lilacs, romance, purple, flowers

Media: pastel on pastelmat sanded card

Size: 19.69"W x 15.75"H x 0.04"D

Year Created: 2017

For me, the lilacs are a very difficult subject to paint. Their fine color nuances, detail textures and heady scent make the painting process both a pain and a pleasure. As a child I believed that finding a lilac flower with 5 or even more petals bring you luck and make your dreams come true. One might eat the flower and make a wish... I still search for these tiny "lucky" flowers each time I get close to a lilacs bush. Sometimes the magic works!

"Quiet Life" The Estonian artist Silja Salmistu have taken the simple composition and illustrates the still life genre as a living tradition, which also can accommodate changing opportunities. She uses the traditional composition at least there is both an awareness of tradition and renewal to trace her pictures. Silja creates a visual and spatial expression, where she provides space for various familiar elements, such as flowers, vases, fruits, tables, chairs, books, pictures and other little things – things which make a kind of mime game to real life. Silja has a great compositional ability, where she with a relatively simple and efficient installation creates dialogue between the different things and let them get as much space and value as possible. She lets different contrasting objects play against each other's shape, color, texture and size. The light which is an important factor in Siljas images, capturing her in a very special way, so you get the feeling of light wrapping around the objects and give them life in a wonderful play of colors. Silja Salmistu land safely and fine between the tradition-bound painting and the idea-based art and grasp the actual elements in a breathtaking and refined way. Everyday small things becomes visible and present and gets noticed in a completely different way. © By Kirsten-Marie Hedeland , Art Critic and writer at the Danish Art Magazine “Kunstavisen” and host on the TV program “Kunst for Tiden” facebook.com/kirstenmarie.hedeland ¤ km.hedeland@ofir.dk

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