"Veil of Veronica" and "Two"
tempera, canvas 27x27cm 2015
These works were part of Inga Meldere's solo exhibition "Bērzkalni" at Galleria12, Helsinki, 2015. The painting is accompanied by "Two" pigment print 30,5 x 20,5 cm 2015 1/3.
The ideal observer is nothing but an instrument: a thermometer whose mercury has been shaken down by a firm hand to the very bottom of the glass tube – free, untouched by warmth, unengaged. But there is no such thing as an ideal observer; the transparent emptiness in the chest of a human being is filled by his or her presumptions and prejudices; he always has a body temperature of some description. I have never believed that man should attempt to get rid of each and every one of them: what would remain of him then? And yet the observer is always suspicious of himself; he knows that he is guilty because he is not indifferent.
There is no greater pleasure than sitting by the pond in Bērzkalni early in the evening. I am looking at the bobber: it is like a strawberry in the snow.
Text from the artist's website