Students Painting Some of the Remarkable Scenery In the Park
digital print, acrylic and oil on canvas 110x65cm 2016
This work was part of Inga Meldere's solo exhibition "House By the Waterfall or Colouring Books for Adults” at Temnikova & Kasela gallery in Tallinn.
The process of colouring is often described as a relaxing and therapeutic pastime with an added benefit of inspiring more innovative thinking at work and in daily life. However, Meldere also points out the fundamentally more restricted framework of the colouring process when compared to creating a painting from scratch. The participants are faced with a visual narrative from the outset. Immersing themselves in the themes and references of the books that vary greatly, from homoerotic imagery to philosophical topics and subject from art history, they enter an image as opposed to imagining one. For Meldere, this distinction seems to open up questions closely related to her own practice – how does one relate to images they encounter? Does a process such as colouring allow for a more involved re-contextualising of an image or does it facilitate a passive following of its outlines?
Text from exhibition press release