Here is a time lapse of the wall drawing progress for my solo show in Rundum Artist-Run Space in Tallinn. It is a drawing of the Sea Shepherd ship M/V Bob Barker based on a beautiful photo taken by Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals). The whole process only took something like 7 hours and several marker re-fills. I was extremely happy to be able to do this; drawing on walls is incredibly fun and hopefully I can repeat the experience again soon! If it was up to me I’d be doing a lot more drawing on walls, filling whole rooms with drawings in fact, a little like Charlotte Mann who draws furniture and decorations and even parquet floors! There are so many intricate details in her work, it is just mind boggling. Perhaps one day I will have a blank-canvas room all to myself to fill with a linear world…
My long-awaited LEDs did arrive on Monday but turned out to be a completely wrong colour compared to the previous ones, making the pictures look purple. So yesterday I had to travel far and wide and visit parts of Tallinn I didn’t even know existed to find more-or-less suitable LED lights for the new light boxes. The problem with living in Estonia as opposed to Asia is that people don’t yet appreciate the tremendous greatness of LED lighting and thus they are A) not readily available on every corner and B) not affordable at all. Because I was desperate and didn’t have time to order more lights from China I had to pay more than 10 times (!) the price I would normally pay per meter of light strip. I will put this experience behind me as a big lesson and next time will order a mountain of lights from Asia to be sure I have enough for any situation. Now let’s not talk about it ever again.
Instead here’s a little sneak-peak of the mural I have prepared for tomorrow’s exhibition opening. I am so happy I got to finally experience drawing on walls and I love it! If I could I’d do just that all day long: drawing on walls, on paper, on everything that crosses my path!!
The wall drawing took me about 7 hours to finish and used up the entire marker nib along with several ink re-fills. But that’s okay because when looking for the perfect tool for the job I discovered the amazing company called Molotow that makes re-fillable markers with inter-changeable and replaceable tips. They have the right attitude toward sustainability and a great product range so I am happy to give them a big shout-out.
I’ll post more photos of the drawing process as soon as the major running around and preparations are done with!
As I have just announced in my second Newsletter – the recently mentioned exhibition project proposition for Rundum Artist-Run Space has very quickly turned into my very first solo show and it is opening already on November 14th! So for the past week we have been very busy with my wonderful assistant: cutting, printing, putting together more light boxes for the exhibition. Of course as Murphy’s Law would have it there is still one vital part missing: the LED lights I ordered (before I even knew there was going to be an exhibition) have not yet arrived in the mail. If they won’t be in my mailbox by tomorrow morning then I don’t even know…
And of course it turns out that everything is either happening all at once or not at all because this week I was also contacted by the curator of Tallinn Light Biennale inviting me to show some work there, which is pretty amazing news! So the last day of my Rundum show will also be the day they start putting up exhibitions for the Light Biennale.
This means that between organizing my first solo show and worrying about missing LEDs I am also trying to figure out when and how I could conjure up some site-specific projections to install in the awesome Helios cinema building in Tallinn Old Town where a big part of the Light Biennale will be held. It will have to be something easy to make and to install as the festival opens already on November 24th and I won’t even be around for the installation process. Instead I will be heading to Berlin for a few days to meet up with my course mate from Strasbourg University and attend a workshop on web documentaries.
This is all very exciting and nerve wrecking and exciting and I am really looking forward to the next few weeks… In the meantime if any of my readers happen to be in Hong Kong or Tokyo right now perhaps you could FedEx me a few meters of LED strip?
Big Glove (Ship Life series) – drawing in a light box, Anastasia Parmson 2013
Here is a sneaky-peaky of one of my light boxes (with Tallinn city lights in the background)! This one is called “Big Glove”, it is part of a series of light box drawings entitled “Ship Life” that retrace moments of my time spent onboard one of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships in the Antarctic waters. This work could perhaps evoke the bleak and cold environment of the Southern Ocean with its snow-white shiny backdrop and the images reduced to a bare minimum.
Between assembling the boxes, getting some other artworks printed and encountering various technical difficulties in-between all that I am also putting together an exhibition project for a freshly opened artist-run space Rundum situated in the old town of Tallinn. As well as doing research on some upcoming juried shows and open calls; meeting new interesting people from the local art world; slowly putting together my website… Interesting times!