Sirje Protsin-Petersen

Sirje Petersen

Artist Statement

I’ve never liked to explain a certain piece of work – if you’ve made a painting and that’s how you wanted it to be – hopefully it can speak For itself and whatever it says to the viewer – it’s the right message because there isn’t such a thing as a wrong and a right message. Each person sees the same painting a bit differently.

First and foremost, I am influenced by everything I see, feel and experience. My working process has always been grounded in pleasure and aesthetics and I am not a bit ashamed of it. This belief guides me toward creating compositions that invite and allow the viewer to investigate its surface, its purpose, and its inner feelings. Each my painting is unique with its very own shapes and colour, movement, pattern, and spiritual meaning.

The past, the present and the future have been intertwined. This is a spiritual, autobiographical memory where I perceive my subjective time. The human body and color help me to visualize the thought, perception, questions – not knowing, if these will be answered.

To be outside time, to escape time’s requirements – where from? where to? where? –  curiosity and urge to exit oneself, to express and share… I am my own tempting research object. How not to drop myself or let myself be dissolved?
To accept myself the way I discover myself at a given moment.


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Participation in exhibitions 2016 12/06/2016


Masculine Existentialism. Art from Margus Punab’ Collection. Gallery Noorus
Tartu Art School 65 Anniversary. 
Exhibition- Auction. Gallery Noorus.
THE SEA. Viinistu Art Museum. 06.07.-07.08.
LABYRINTH. Pärnu Art Summer. Pärnu Ciy Gallery 18.06.-23.07.
ALLTOGETHER- Arteground Art Festival 2016. Viljandi Art Gallery 07.06.-08.07.
TALLINN TEEB TARTUT. Jakobi Gallery 30.05 – 17.06.
SPRING EXHIBITION. EKL 16. Annual Year Exhibition. Tallinn Art Hall 13.05.-19.06.
CHANGING AND UNCHANGED. UKM Pärnus 01.04. -22.05.2016
Personal exhibition TWO WORLDS. (with Per W. Petersen Living Together, Truth – Is Acidic) Rakvere Theatre’s Houses  12.02.- 29.04.2016

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