In collaboration with AIR Blekinge, the Copper Leg Residency was hosting in March artist Sepa Sama.
Sepa Sama is an independent artist focusing on walking as artistic practice and research.
Sepa is from the Iranian diaspora, a nomad that has lived in Asia, America, and Europe. Currently, Sepa is finishing his Ph.D. at Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts Wroclaw in Poland, focusing on walking.
In Estonia at Copper Leg Residency, he was writing a traveler letter. An artist book named Walking Vaskjala Traveler Letter, 2022, a book that ties back to both his past and nowness.
This week in Braga, Portugal, John Grzinich “Wind Harp” sound installation workshop and Villem Jahu “Dead Circuit Orchestra” workshop. In collaboration with the Copperleg Art Residency, the Georg Ots Music School and the Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga. Project is supported by Erasmus+
Marcella Giannini is an Italo-Colombian artist and illustrator based in Rome. She has a BA in printmaking from the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, a MA in printmaking from the CIEC Foundation in Spain and is currently finishing her MA studies in Papermaking at the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome.
Her work mainly combines papermaking techniques, textile art and natural dyes experiments. In her latest works, she uses her own-made paper thread to create tapestries with geometric patterns.
At Copper Leg Art Residency, she will combine textile techniques with natural dyes to create a functional sculpture that addresses the theme of inhabiting and community. The art object will be presented this Saturday at Rae Schoolhouse during the event “Sirakas”.
Mari Prekup (b. 1984) paints-prints-draws and curates usually around Haapsalu and Tallinn. She graduated from the Estonian Art Academy in painting (BA 2007) and printmaking (MA 2015), studied additionally at the fine art academies in Latvia, Riga, and Poland, Krakow. Member of printmaking studio Grafodroom since 2009.
Her exhibitions are usually triggered by various nonsense: random beauty, the absurd, injustice, and melodrama, dissonance, and interesting little tidbits of info.
Lately, she has been taking turns researching Estonian- and Fennougric natural holy places folklore and fun biases in pseudosciences like phrenology and eugenics – together with such national sports like rewriting/re-interpreting historical events.
Ingrid Helena Pajo is a textile artist working mostly with weaving techniques, based in Tallinn, Estonia. Right now, she’s finishing MA studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts, in the textile department. Previously she has also studied printmaking in Rome and Illustration in Urbino.
In her practice, she’s looking for the simplest and less intrusive ways of working and living. In Copper Leg Art Residency, she’s looking for methods to put the ancient techniques of weaving in use with found materials.
Maarja Mäemets (b. 1991 in Tartu) is an artist, freediver, and a yogini. She reflects her own fragility and constantly morphing feelings, thoughts, and circumstances in her work. She believes there are no standstills, only constant motion in which there is a high chance to lose oneself.
Mäemets has a BA (2015) and MA degree (2018) in glass art from the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2017 she studied for a semester at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Heimo Zobernig’s class, where her more multidisciplinary approach as an artist started to shape. Since then, her work focuses on combining glass art, photography, and video. She creates mostly site-specific installations and seeks unusual exhibiting environments – such as the depths of underwater. The beauty of words and writing plays a vital role in the concepts and spaces created along her journey.
Copper Leg Art Residency has become an important leisure time for Mäemets. The place offers valuable moments of being. Silence for cultivating yoga and other body-mind practices. The one-of-a-kind emptiness thus created in one’s head works as an effective filter when visualizing and planning upcoming projects. In addition, after a fifteen-year break, the artist has once again an opportunity to turn the wheel of a printing press in her hands.
Eugenio Marini is based in both Rome and Tallinn. His practices are focused on the use of scrap and found materials as a medium to reflect on the idea and meaning of utility in today’s living. In Copper Leg he’s working on a series of sculptures imitating the shape of corals, using an old wire net found on the site. For him, the rusty and robust nets are like ruins and at the same time their lightness and transparency make them ghostlike – resembling the illusion of usefulness.
Sven-Erik Stamberg was born in 1970. Tallinn, 1995 graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a degree in industrial art. Since 1997. an active member of the group Liquid and has participated in the work of Studio22 since 1998. He has exhibited his work on numerous joint exhibitions, both at home and abroad, and since 2004. also organized personal exhibitions.
The main creative forms of expression are collage techniques and geometric ink drawing. Into the Copper Leg Art Residency, the artist came to look for a distance from the noisy world, enjoy the silence, and concentrate on introspection, which will finally find expression in his new collage series.
Meelis Salujärv is from Tallinn, Estonia, studied in an art class at school and later improved himself at Studio 22 under the supervision of Tõnis Vint. Founding member of the art group Liquid, a multi-talent who has been involved in visual arts, poetry, audiovisual art, and music for decades.
At Copper Leg Art Residency, he has focused on electronic sounds – the music he creates, with an analog synthesizer built by artist-electronic Villem Jahu.
Ulvi Haagensen is an Australian-Estonian artist, born in Sydney. She has been living and working in Tallinn for many years and is currently doing her Ph.D. in artistic research at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Ulvi’s art practice and research is multi-disciplinary and combines installation, sculpture, drawing, performance, and video to explore the connections and overlaps between art and everyday life.
She came to Copper Leg Art Residency to focus on cleaning, as a type of performance and to look at the actions of cleaning and the tools we use. But as often happens, plans change. And though she has made some cleaning tools and filmed herself cleaning, she has also been drawing, thinking about drawing, and looking at animal and human footprints and tyre tracks in the snow. These lines of prints, crossing, and overlapping, make very large and beautiful collaborative drawings.
Alexandra Nima (Anima) is an Austrian born, interdisciplinary artist living and working in Estonia. As a creative hybrid, she works at the intersection of psychology, visual arts, and technology.
Since 2008, she has created various archetype-inspired textile suits, written over 1.000 pages of English-speaking lyrics, and experimented with broadcast media via public tv performances in Austria, Estonia, Australia, and Germany.
In 2010, her Bachelor’s thesis- written for a business degree- was requested to be featured in Kunsthalle Baden-Baden’s research library on women in the arts.
In recent years, she has expanded her textile work, incorporating wearable electronics into her designs, aimed at a broader, digital-interactive type of performance.
At Copper Leg Art residency, she is crafting an interactive dress, that will be triggered via remote, public voting. In addition, she will conduct a screenprinting workshop at Rae Schoolhouse on October 10.
Rodolfo Liprandi (b. Trieste 1994) it’s an Italian sculptor who graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, where he currently lives.
A close union, a dialogue between man and nature takes place in Rodolfo Liprandi’s environmental art and Land Artworks, site-specific interventions of an installation feature that pay homage to the wild world.
The works created by assembling the branches collected in the surrounding environment, subject to the passage of time and weather conditions, participate in the cyclical nature of life to finally rejoin the earth.
From 2018 Liprandi has started various collaborations with entities such as nature reserves, associations, and festivals, creating installations with the aim of raising awareness and educating the viewer to respect and protect the nature that surrounds us.
To the delight of the inhabitants of Vaskjala, he created two statues, “The Guard of the Wormhole Road” and “The Crowned Head”, depicting several significant animals related to Estonian stories and myths, as well as the local area.
We will open the sculptures created by Rodolfo in Vaskjala at this MiniFest :
Examples of the artist’s work:
John Grzinich (US/Estonia) has worked since the early 1990s as an artist and cultural coordinator with various practices combining sound, moving image, site-specificity, and collaborative social structures. He has performed and exhibited in North/South America, Europe and Japan and his compositions have been published on a host of international labels. The focus of his work in recent years has been to combine sound and listening practices with various media to challenge age old anthropocentric perceptions of the world we inhabit. He is currently a visiting Associate Professor of New Media in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts and a visiting professor of Sound Design at RISEBA University in Riga.
Wind Harps or Aeolian Harps made by John are analog devices, weather responsive, instruments that make air movement audible. The wind harps at Copper Leg Art Residency are designed to respond to a wide variety of conditions such as wind speed and direction. These conditions in turn affect the tonality, harmonics and loudness of the sound. The open field is an ideal context to which the harps dynamically respond with varied sounds, encouraging the listener to broaden their sensory experience of this environment.
We will open the wind harps created by John in Copper Leg at this Wednesday’s MiniFest: