Black Mirror

Black Mirror

The exhibition “Black Mirror” by Sirja-Liisa Eelma and Tiina Sarapu
May 31 – June 25, 2022 in Draakon gallery, Tallinn


Black surface absorbs light and colours; while looking at black surface, one can
see info infinity, unknowing, solitude and protective tenderness. Mirror gives you the honest truth. The danger to get stuck in reflections and in the reflections of reflections is as big as the temptation to touch the snoozing screen of a smartphone in order to open completely different kind of worlds.

Landscape painter of 17th century Claude Lorrain made use of black mirror as an optical aid. Compared to a clear mirror, the details are more subtle and the reflec- tion of black mirror is more simplified. The black reflection brings forth the tonal range as well as reduces the intensity of tones.

The encounter of the reflecting and painted worlds refers to the multilayeredness of existence. The layer of glass in front of the painting is protecting the artwork
but also creating the distance between the painting and the viewer. This way, the viewer misses the opportunity of directly experiencing the materiality, fragrance and smell of the paint. The reflections, flickers of light and shadows of the glass function either as disturbance or as an unstable and captivating finesse on the surface of painting.


Photos by:

Stanislav Stepaško 1, 2, 3, 5
Anna Mari Liivrand 4, 7, 8, 10
Tanja Muravskaja 6, 9
Tiina Sarapu 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

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