Sirja-Liisa Eelma „Postkaart viies pildis” 18.12.2020–12.01.2021


Postcard in Five Stills is an insight to the artist's moods and observations that have been framing her work process during the incubation phase of creating the painting series To Write One's / Your Name. The narrative, based on her personal diary entries, follows the daily life during the artist's residence in France.


The strolls of the first-person narrator in various environments seem to be the leading method while preparing herself for the act of painting. The artist's studio is simultaneously a specific physical room as well as an imaginary space in her head. The artist is always in the ever-changing state of being in a studio – whether directly or indirectly, asleep or in reality, at the market or the train station.


Each few-minute-long chapter of the video narrative – “Arrival”, “Carousel”, “Beauty”, “Food”, “Sadness” – form an ever-starting sequence of stills. “Carousel” could be the metaphor for the repetitive action and Sirja-Liisa Eelma's painting practice. Since her painting series “Emptying Field of Meaning” (2013), the artist has been consistently developing a painting style where the artworks are based on the continual repetition and extremely slow modification of a shape or an image.


“... and here comes 'round a snow-white elephant ...”,

from Rainer Maria Rilke's poem “The Carousel” (1906).


Together with the painting series “To Write One's / Your Name”, presently displayed video narrative forms a whole that will be exhibited in Tallinn Art Hall gallery from January 29 – April 4, 2021.


Sirja-Liisa Eelma (b. 1973) has graduated from the department of painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 1996. Since then, the artist has mainly worked in the mediums of drawing and painting. Sirja-Liisa Eelma has held more than twenty personal exhibitions; she has taken part in group and curatorial exhibitions in Estonia and abroad. Among the artist's earlier artworks there are several site-specific and socially sensitive art projects. As a result of Eelma's approach towards an image, conceptual idea and the fastidious technical side of painting, the artist's balanced creative practice has been focused on the expectations and possibilities related to hidden or barely visible objects. Since 2018, Sirja-Liisa Eelma studies at the Doctoral School of the Estonian Academy of Arts. In her creative research “The Paradox of Emptiness. Painting Practice, from the (Exhibition) Space to the Modification of the Surrounding State”, Eelma examines the interrelation of painting as a material-based method and the influence of picture aiming at ephemerality.

In 2016, Sirja-Liisa Eelma was awarded Konrad Mägi Art Prize. Her artworks belong to the collection of the Art Museum of Estonia and to several private collections.


Editing and sound of the video postcards: Tõnis Jürgens.


The artist expresses her gratitude to: Tamara Luuk, Toomas Jürgens, Tõnis Jürgens, Kaarel Eelma, Aksel Haagensen, Maris Karjatse, Otto Ojaste, Ulvi Haagensen, Kulla Laas (department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts), Kaupo Reisenbuk (Datel Ltd).

Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Exhibitions in HOP gallery are supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Liviko Ltd.


Pühade ajal on galerii suletud järgmiselt:

23.12.2020 galerii avatud kuni 15.00

24.-26.12 suletud

31.12.2020-01.01.2021 suletud

Postcard in Five Stills is an insight to the artist's moods and observations that have been framing her work process during the incubation phase of creating the painting series To Write One's / Your Name. The narrative, based on her personal diary entries, follows the daily life during the artist's residence in France.


The strolls of the first-person narrator in various environments seem to be the leading method while preparing herself for the act of painting. The artist's studio is simultaneously a specific physical room as well as an imaginary space in her head. The artist is always in the ever-changing state of being in a studio – whether directly or indirectly, asleep or in reality, at the market or the train station.


Each few-minute-long chapter of the video narrative – “Arrival”, “Carousel”, “Beauty”, “Food”, “Sadness” – form an ever-starting sequence of stills. “Carousel” could be the metaphor for the repetitive action and Sirja-Liisa Eelma's painting practice. Since her painting series “Emptying Field of Meaning” (2013), the artist has been consistently developing a painting style where the artworks are based on the continual repetition and extremely slow modification of a shape or an image.


“... and here comes 'round a snow-white elephant ...”,

from Rainer Maria Rilke's poem “The Carousel” (1906).


Together with the painting series “To Write One's / Your Name”, presently displayed video narrative forms a whole that will be exhibited in Tallinn Art Hall gallery from January 29 – April 4, 2021.


Sirja-Liisa Eelma (b. 1973) has graduated from the department of painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 1996. Since then, the artist has mainly worked in the mediums of drawing and painting. Sirja-Liisa Eelma has held more than twenty personal exhibitions; she has taken part in group and curatorial exhibitions in Estonia and abroad. Among the artist's earlier artworks there are several site-specific and socially sensitive art projects. As a result of Eelma's approach towards an image, conceptual idea and the fastidious technical side of painting, the artist's balanced creative practice has been focused on the expectations and possibilities related to hidden or barely visible objects. Since 2018, Sirja-Liisa Eelma studies at the Doctoral School of the Estonian Academy of Arts. In her creative research “The Paradox of Emptiness. Painting Practice, from the (Exhibition) Space to the Modification of the Surrounding State”, Eelma examines the interrelation of painting as a material-based method and the influence of picture aiming at ephemerality.

In 2016, Sirja-Liisa Eelma was awarded Konrad Mägi Art Prize. Her artworks belong to the collection of the Art Museum of Estonia and to several private collections.


Editing and sound of the video postcards: Tõnis Jürgens.


The artist expresses her gratitude to: Tamara Luuk, Toomas Jürgens, Tõnis Jürgens, Kaarel Eelma, Aksel Haagensen, Maris Karjatse, Otto Ojaste, Ulvi Haagensen, Kulla Laas (department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts), Kaupo Reisenbuk (Datel Ltd).

Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Exhibitions in HOP gallery are supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Liviko Ltd.

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