Ingrid Helena Pajo, Maarja Mäemets, Eugenio Marini

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 & Meelis Salujärv

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

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.

Artist’s website: https://ulvihaagensen.weebly.com/

Open Doors Day / Niina-Anneli Kaarnamo art presentation

On Sunday, February 21, 2021
17:30 – 21:00 Open Doors Day at Copper Leg Art Residency
Niina-Anneli Kaarnamo art presentation, vinyl records played by Misha Panfilov, surprise performers, the celebration of the jubilee of Rae Cultural Center.

Niina-Anneli Kaarnamo (born. 1978) is a Finnish artist and producer, currently working in the fields of culture, art, and entertainment in Tallinn.
She has a BA in culture and art producing, has studied sculpture in Slovakia, and finished her MA in Estonian Academy of Arts.

At Copper Leg Art Residency Kaarnamo has done snow research, worked with basic forms, memories, and landscape. Her approach and tools are playfulness and observation, to look – to see. By reorganizing the familiar, we allow ourselves to see the new.

Artist’s website: niina-annelikaarnamo.blogspot.com

We invite all of you who are interested in art and culture to enjoy Sunday evening at Rae schoolhouse in Vaskjala, accompanied by art, music, and craft beer, and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rae Culture Center.

See you on Sunday!
The event is supported by Tanker Brewery
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Open Doors Day / Katrin Essenson / Anne-Mai Heimola / Danel Rinaldo

Saturday, December 19, 2020
14:00 – 17:00 Open doors day at Copper Leg Art Residency /
Art presentations by Anne-Mai Heimola, Katrin Essenson, and Danel Rinaldo.

Anne-Mai Heimola lives and works in Tallinn. After graduating from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a degree in scenography, she has been working as a decorator, prop maker, costume designer, and artist at the Estonian National Opera, the Drama Theater, the Von Krahl Theater, the Russian Theater.
She heard about Copper Leg Art Residency from friends, it being a very inspiring place to face and align one’s inner sounds of the soul. The works of former residents, which sound gently in the surrounding fields, are colorful proof of a suitable environment.
The artist’s inner drive is to paint and Copper Leg fuels her creativity by 150%.

Katrin Essenson is a performing artist, director, and dancer. She has graduated from the Choreography Department of Tallinn University. In addition, she studied interdisciplinary arts at Estonian Academy of Arts and is currently obtaining a master’s degree in cultural theory and philosophy.

In the performing arts, she has been interested in questioning the self-evident situations in socio-cultural understandings. Throughout different topics she has dealt with portraying the subjective experience of being human in solo and group performances; has created soundscape works, belongs to the group “As if the woman is at home” and has been a co-author to documentaries “Control!!!” and “As if the woman is in a documentary”. In the art field, she is fascinated to in exploring the conflating processes of fictional and documentary realities.

In Copper Leg residency she dealt with the development of “dreamworker” concept in an installative setting and systematized the scenaristic notes to documentary film and sound materials collected a few years ago in a road-trip to Russia.

Danel Rinaldo (b. 1984) is a photographer whose roots lie in Pärnu, but nowadays is residing between Southern Estonian forests and fields. He received his bachelor’s degree in Photography at the University of Falmouth in Great Britain. He enthusiastically practices analog photography, but the digital camera is his main tool. He has passed on his experience in the field and knowledge to photography enthusiasts in schools and youth centers, ran a print lab and photo store, and has worked in a photo studio. He has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in Estonia, Finland, England, and Scotland.

As a photographer, he is most fascinated by the person, under whose skin, with the help of the camera’s eye, he attempts to crawl. Through visual aesthetics he often challenges the observer by raising questions about social issues, assuming the observer relates and asks questions about personal, religious, political, environmental, and ethical matters. BEAUTY/ ILU. does not go unnoticed.

At Copper Leg Art Residency he mainly focuses on “Neeme” – a portrait story, that emerges from underneath the red safelight of the darkroom. Juxtaposing analog processes with digital video.

See you on Saturday!

The event is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia & Tanker Brewery
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Open Doors Day / Tim Sullivan’s exhibition opening

Saturday, November 21, 2020

14:00 – 17:00 Open day at Copper Leg Art Residency
15:00 Opening of Tim Sullivan’s exhibition

Tim Sullivan is a London based artist, researcher, and lecturer currently researching for his Ph.D. at the University of Westminster on Photography, Theory, and Poiesis. His area of interest is in film, photography, and fine art practice. During his time at Copper Leg Art Residency, he has been working with video and photography, found objects and people. The residency has allowed him valuable time to address his thinking around his key themes of fact and fiction, the material world, and our often unmet desires for contemplation and connection.

See you on Saturday!

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Open Doors Day / Aili Vahtrapuu exhibition opening

Sunday, October 18, 2020
14:00 – 18:00 Open Doors Day at Copper Leg Residency
15:00 Aili Vahtrapuu exhibition opening

Aili Vahtrapuu is an artist and a long-term art pedagogue, born, raised in Tallinn, and spent the summers of his childhood in Assaku, Rae municipality. She studied sculpture at the Estonian Academy of Arts, continued his master’s studies at the University of Paris VIII, and defended his doctoral dissertation at the Pantheon Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

In the Copper Leg Art Residency, the artist continues his experimental series of rust imprints “Cut” and translates into Estonian her doctoral dissertation, on the relationship between sound objects and urban space.

See you on Sunday!

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Alexandra Nima

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.

Examples of the artist’s work:

https://www.youtube.com/VitruvianVision/videos

Open Doors Day / Mattia Cleri Polidori & Giulia Cacciuttolo / Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Saturday, March 7, 2020

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Open Doors Day at the Copper Leg Art Residency

4:00 pm Budhaditya Chattopadhyay sound intervention

4:30 pm Opening of the Mattia Cleri Polidori & Giulia Cacciuttolo exhibition

 

Mattia Cleri Polidori (ITA)

Mattia Cleri Polidori is an Italian artist based in Rome. He graduated in painting at Accademia di Belle Arti of Rome and Wimbledon College of Arts in London.

His research is focused on the relationship between form and matter. He collects natural images and objects which develop into paintings, etchings and sculptures. At the nucleus of his work is the process through which the golden ratio organizes matter throughout the space-time fabric. The relief of the surface interacts with the stratification of several layers of paint.

During the Copper Leg residency program, he will realize 10 soft-ground etchings on zinc plates and 10 paintings on paper from the series “Gli Elementi del Disastro”. This series is created with locally collected natural finds such as burnt wood, lichens, and bones.

Artist webpage: https://www.mattiacleripolidori.com

 

Giulia Cacciuttolo (ITA/GBR)

Giulia’s research and practice are focused on investigating memory and, more specifically, on contemporary archives and archival forms and how we relate to them in order to hand down our histories to the next generations. She is interested in understanding the dynamics and tensions between individuals, communities and the relationship with their past, in particular with the people in charge of the selection of what will be ‘officially’ remembered.

How many histories have been discarded from this selection and then forgotten? Are we condemned to analyze and present the past from just a single point of view? Is there a more ‘sustainable’ way of relating to the past? Have we ever really taken the time to question what – or whose – version of the past we carry with us?

Giulia’s theoretical research has always been accompanied by a strong technical and visual practice interested in exploring the role of images and sculptures around these themes.

Through the use of different techniques of printing on various supports – latex, silk, and wax among others –, analog photography and different casting techniques with jesmonite and plaster, she investigated the physical relationship between memory, space, and landscape.

During Copper Leg Art Residency, she has been investigating the relationship between the inside and the outside, between organic and man-made traces of memory. Working with casting and cyanography, she will attempt to create a dialogue between different layers of time and memory in a landscape where the contrast between natural and artificial is so strong.

Artist webpage: https://www.giuliacacciuttolo.com

 

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay (IND/DEU)

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born media artist, researcher, and writer, currently living and working in Berlin. Focusing on sound as the primary medium, Chattopadhyay produces large-scale installations and live performances broadly dealing with contemporary issues, such as the climate crisis, human intervention in the environment and ecology, urbanity, migration, decolonization, and race. Chattopadhyay is a Charles Wallace scholar and Prince Claus grantee; he has received several fellowships, international awards and participated in several residencies. Appearing in numerous exhibitions, concerts, conferences, and festivals, Chattopadhyay’s works have been shown and heard across the globe. Chattopadhyay’s scholarly and creative writings regularly appear in leading peer-reviewed journals and magazines internationally.

For Copper Leg Residency, Budhaditya will be working on a book The Auditory Setting, in addition, he performs at the Copper Leg residency open doors day and participates in the Tartu Üle Heli Festival, performing a new sound work.

Artist website: http://budhaditya.org

 

The event is supported by Tanker Brewery

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Open Doors Day / Hardy Raub & Markéta Váradiová / Bas Peeters

Sunday, February 16, 2020
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Open Doors Day at Copper Leg Residency
16:00 Markéta Váradiová & Hardy Raub exhibition
16:30 Bas Peeters site-specific light objects

Hardy Raub & Markéta Váradiová (DEU / CZE)

Hardy Raub is primarily a sculptor, but he also works with the medium of drawing, photography or text in its raw and authentic form.
The morphology of his three-dimensional objects is organic, often working with perforations and surfaces, which he sees as the borderline / connection between the inner and outer world.
Artist webpage: http://tree-art-gallery.de/

The main subjects of Markéta Váradiová´s work are the light and depth of space. She is interested in biology, physics, and geometry and I use those fields as a great source of topics, utilizes the properties of materials and natural processes and their interactivity.
Her visual language is minimal art, but commonly she finds the reason for overcoming that frame.
Artist webpage: http://marketavaradiova.cz

At Copper Leg Art Residency they working with project “Invisible Light”. This project is part of line of common work of German/Czech artists. It will be continued by exhibitions which are planned in next two years in three galleries in Brno, Kamenický Šenov and Jihlava.

They want to observe here the movement of the Sun in the sky and the phases of the Moon during their residency period. Capture the process in a regular rhythm and investigate the perception of the male and female principles in the intangible substance of light.

P.S. As both artists must be back home in time for the Open Doors Day, viewers will have a chance to meet them one week before the official opening on February 9th from 3:30 pm to 6 pm at Rae Schoolhouse.

Bas Peeters (NLD)
Bas Peeters is a spatial designer and light artist from Netherland, who creates content for spaces. He makes site-specific installations for private and public spaces and his work stands out in surprising aesthetic images that tell something essential about the area, the social context, and its history.

Light is the thread in his work, the catalyst of all materials. “Building with light is intriguing because of the paradox between the intangible elusiveness versus a strong, attractive presence”. He tries to imagine the ‘Genius Loci’ (the protective spirit of a certain place)) with light.

The power of his work lies in its simplicity. With minimal resources, he creates intense experiences. No unambiguous messages, but multi-interpretable dreams which awaken the spectators from their sleep.

He’s fascinated by the topic: Light Matters. How to materialize light with translucent materials. During the Copper Leg Art Residency, he wants to be inspired by Estonian nature and Culture. The old wooden school has a sober tranquil Atmosphere. It suits the Estonian mentality that appeals to him. Inside/outside, light/dark. warm/cold are contrasts to use.

Artist webpage: http://www.baspeeters.nl

The event is supported by Tanker Brewery

See you on Sundays!

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