That is the Question (canvas)
acrylic, canvas 200x150cm 2016
Instead of just expressing social-political criticism, Mäetamm looks for answers introspectively. Not in the outer world or in transcendence, but in the personal core, in family and intimate private life. He illustrates humanity's sacred nucleus, highlighting its trivial, stagnant and unaired daily proceedings. Behind all the glossy information device interfaces hides a completely normal, non-eccentric, typical family model, characterised by comfortable dressing gowns, worn-out sofas, and a shaggy cat as the only moving being in a room where the humanoids are staring stony-faced into screens, occasionally lambasting themselves with thoughts about whether To Paint or to Masturbate? (2017).
Text by Santa Remere, Echo Gone Wrong, 2017