Jaanika Peerna

March Solace #11, 2020

Mylar, Pigment print, graphite, metallic pencils and colour

135.9 x 89.5 cm


Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna has created a new set of glacier drawings named the ‘March Solace Series’. Peerna references her performance work ‘Glacier Elegy’ in her environmentally engaged series, referenced especially due to their human scale. In this example, Jaanika becomes a conduit within these quiet and lyrical works using her body to make the mark on the work. Jaanika ensures each piece has a strong sense of the artist’s presence, whilst more personal than her public performances, they stand as documents of this very private action in the studio.

“So in the original drawings I make very rhythmic, straight lines. I start with very straight lines with lots of pencils and then let myself fall with them, onto the Mylar, leaving these vertical lines, which then get overwritten by either water or ice.” Jaanika Peerna

Jaanika made these new glacier drawings in her Hudson Valley studio during isolation earlier this year.

She takes as her source images of sculptural installations that she has made over the last few years. Photographs of the installations, subsequently, are blown up to large scale, then printed using inkjet Mylar printing. In this case, Peerna spends time with each image before she finally draws on them. Although the gesture of the drawing is quick, generally, the thought beforehand is extensive and meditative. All in all, she describes how “there is no space between pencil and paper” for the final drawing, with the artist allowing her body to become a channel for the work.