Nature, Borders + Layers: Jaanika Peerna

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

"I make drawings, videos and installations. My elements are line and light; my materials are pencils, vellum and video camera. I am a vessel gathering subtle and rapturous processes in nature, using the experiences and impulses to make my work. I record mist turning into water. I use slowly changing lights to cast shadows of mylar strips onto a wall—The slowness of shadows makes one wonder if there is anychangeatall. I let wind move through my body so that it leaves traces on paper.

Photo: Annette Solakoglu

I swim through thousands of layers of gray air and mark each one down. Most of my work is born in the solitude of my studio. Sometimes public performances with musicians and dancers draw me out from the safe silence of my space and expand my drawing practice with sound and movement. I am interested in the never-ending process of becoming with no story, no beginning, no end—just the current moment in flux."

In her performances, she flows with the rhythms of air and water. To the eye, her movements appear both intuitive and inevitable. She is creating something new on the spot, but viscerally, we feel we are watching something ancient unfold. The drawings that emerge from her actions are artworks in themselves, but they are also relics of an event—an echo of the meeting of movement, elements and time, like lines on a beach after a wave retreats, or wind-worn ridges in a seaside cliff. In addition to performance, the oeuvre of the Estonian-born, New York-based Peerna includes drawing, video, and installation.

Artist Profile @jaanika_peerna_studio

Check the entire interview with Jaanika by IdeelArt here!

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