Jaanika Peerna

March Solace #13, 2020

Mylar, Pigment print, graphite, metallic pencils and colour pencils

134.6 x 89.5 cm


Jaanika Peerna’sMarch Solace series‘, is a new body of work consisting of layered drawings on photographs. The photograph takes as its original source images of sculptural installations that Jaanika has made for exhibitions over the last few years. She prints photos of her sculptures in large scale, using inkjet mylar printing. She utilises the same material as the original and connecting the two. This heightens the translucence of the final works, as well as connecting the 2D work back to the sculptures.

Jaanika Peerna is an Estonia-born artist who, since 1998, has lived and worked mostly in New York. Peerna’s work, primarily, encompasses drawing, video, installation and performance, often dealing with the theme of transitions in light, air, water and other natural phenomena.

Jaanika makes the sculptural wall-based works with mylar that she has drawn on, with either pigment or pencil, which is then eroded with either water or ice. She then cuts the mylar, with uniform incisions, always 1inch apart. When installed, the pieces have a flexibility, morphing into organic elements that seem like reptile skin. Examples of these works were recently seen at her solo exhibition at Real Art Ways. With the act of drawing on the photograph of the detail of the sculpture in the studio for this new series, Jaanika connects her private studio work to the public installations. She plays with the ambiguities within the work, between what is real, drawn, photograph.