10.63"W x 14.57"H x 0.0"D

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Silja Salmistu

Slagelse, 85

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: painting, soft pastels, spoon, sugar, gold, mother of pearl, tea, tea cup, still life

Media: pastel on paper

Size: 10.63"W x 14.57"H x 0.04"D

Year Created: 2016

The golden squiggles and mother-of-pearl - sheen of the china intrigued me to take the challenge, using regular pigments. Painted from life in natural light. In absence of sugar cubes for the setup -to balance the composition- I made the substitute cubes of foam plastic.
Artist grade soft pastels and pastel pencils on Uart paper.

"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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