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Virge Jõekalda

Sündinud / born 1963

Virge Jõekalda's sensitive and nuance-abundant drypoint technique enables to record thin, tenderly subtle lines on a sheet of paper – but not only them. The artist herself has once said that she loves such pictures where the graphic line is quite unnoticeable; from this emerges the diverse, discreet line, softness and warmth of the image. She introduces pristinely characteristic elements into her creation: tenderness, fragility, but also security through the red-warm colours of love. Virge Jõekalda’s use of colours is always obvious and recognizable. After the beginning of the 1990s, when the black-and-white intaglio technique was revived, the artist has been convincingly moving towards glowing tones, towards the red colour, possessing sporadically extreme and burning energy, as if wishing to light the viewer up, kindle and grasp into the sensual whirl of emotion through her art. The depth of red is emphasized by black, at the same time framing, limiting, restraining it. The drypoint technique, to which Jõekalda has remained true in her creation, gives her sufficient freedom to act upon the accomplishment of her ideals. Drypoint enables independent printing, careless following of the creative process, making of interim proofs, changing of colours, bringing to the fore one detail, printing over and on everything. By playing on a whim the artist can handle the proofs boldly and violate the unwritten rules impetuously. Also the work can be left to “breathe”, to put it aside for some time in order to approach it after some time with new feelings. This is a process, a line of repetitions, variations of the main theme from which finally emerges an emotional integer – a line of pictures, where a single work is not so very important anymore. Important is the whole idea – full of ideal images and a sense of perfection.

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