Exhibition: Saskia Järve “Celebration of Being”

On the 22nd of September, we will open Saskia Järve’s painting exhibition “Celebration of Being” at Artrovert gallery, that speaks of the uniqueness of life’s moments and depicts observations on the interconnections between the human soul, civilisation and nature.

The works in the exhibition have a longer prequel, which concerns the large garden beneath the window of the artist’s rented apartment – an oasis in the middle of the city, the potential of which she failed to notice for almost a decade. It had been possible to live a fairly anonymous life in a medium-sized wooden house, knowing almost no one, but when suddenly no one was looking after the garden, it was a matter of chance that, together with a neighbour, the decision had to be taken to take care of it. After the first “mowing” of the lawn with scissors, for want of a better tool, it was clear that there was more to it than just physical work. It was an encounter with something alive.

Without knowing how to care for the plants at first, however, the world of gardening slowly began to unfold, becoming more and more special. It was as if the life force of nature was spilling over into everything else.

Describing the series of paintings she created for the exhibition, Järve says: “When I was creating the works, I was fascinated by the invisible at first sight – hopes, longings, the unknown and the unpredictability that surrounds life. All of us are unknowable, incomparable beings with something unique and sacred.”

Saskia Järve was born in 1979 in Pärnu, lives and works in Tallinn. In 2009 she graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a Master’s degree in painting.

As a mostly figurative painter, she deals with everyday life events, focusing on the complexity and psychology of human nature. His work mixes images of personal life with pop culture imagery and popular folklore, appearing at once familiar and alienating. Since 2005, he has exhibited his work in Estonia, England, Italy, Germany, Finland, Canada, Russia, Lithuania and Latvia.

The exhibition will be open until 28 October 2023.