UltraMarine as a word derivates from Latin ultra + marinus and means ’over the sea’ or ’beyond the sea’.
Ultramarine is a fiery blue pigment extracted from lapis lazuli, one of the oldest precious stones used in jewellery for thousands of years. Lapis lazuli or lazurite was imported to Europe from Middle Asia by sea via Venice, hence the name ’beyond the sea’.
Ultramarine was a rare and valuable colorant, as expensive as gold leaf because of its remote origin and complex production process. Medieval masters often used that exotic pigment for the uppermost colour layer only. Sometimes just the robes of Virgin Mary and li’l Jesus were painted using the priceless blue.
UltraMarine is a solo sailor’s route across the sea, an artist’s dialogue with a material that takes place while she works at her desk. One can spy a knowing smile on the countenance of she who has arrived at her destination – for the joy of surpassing oneself is the greatest pleasure of all. A co-conspirator knows the feeling well. The sea unites; the land divides. UltraMarine is bluer than the sea.
(Sara Borgegård – necklace: ULTRAMARINE 2011 – Iron, embroidery thread, lapis lazuli, spraypaint)
There are works of 51 artists from Estonia, Europe, US, Australia and Asia, which will be seen in an exhibition space specially set up for the occasion in the Noblessner district. UltraMarine exhibition will be accompanied by an 80-page catalogue which will be published for the opening of the exhibition.
The exhibition is initiated by four fellow jewellery artist from Estonia: Merle Kasonen, Julia Maria Künnap, Maarja Niinemägi, Kertu Tuberg.
UltraMarine is part of the programme of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011
Dina Abargil — Linda al-Assi — Kätrin Beljaev — Marta Boan — Daniela Boieri — Sara Borgegård Älgå — Adam Grinovich — Ulvi Haagensen — Hanna Hedman — Sachiyo Higaki — Nils Hint — Pilleriin Jürisoo — Rainer Kaasik-Aaslav — Anni Kagovere — Merle Kasonen — Rallou Katsari — Annika Kedelauk — Mart Kekišev — Kristiina Kibe — Jenny Klemming — Katrin Kosenkranius — Lisa Kröber — Akiko Kurihara — Julia Maria Künnap — Teresa Lane — Beth Legg — Bruno Lillemets — Liina Lõõbas — Veera Metso — Maria Militsi — Edgar Mosa — Maarja Niinemägi — Jaanika Pajuste — Tiina Rajakallio — Tabea Reulecke — Marzia Rossi — Deborah Rudolph — Ann Schmalwasser — Constanze Schreiber — Daniela Schwaag — Estella Saez Vilanova — Birgit Skolimowski — Adolfas Šaulys & Mari Relo-Šaulys — Nelli Tanner — Ketli Tiitsar — Kertu Tuberg — Elo Uibokand — Flóra Vági — Maria Valdma — Luzia Vogt
Tiina Rajakallio- « Unho » 2011
Rallou Katsari – ‘WHISPERING LOUD’ – brooch gold, pigment 2007
Estella Saez - ‘BOYA’ brooch – oxidized silver, wool, paint 2008
Address: Noblessner Foundry, entrance at Tööstuse 48, Tallinn – Estonia
Management: Merle Kasonen, Julia Maria Künnap, Maarja Niinemägi, Kertu Tuberg