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Jüri Roosa

Jüri Roosa (b. 1964 in Tallinn)

The Brezhnev era began in autumn 1964, I was born in the same year. For a child the conditions and time seem the only possibility, but now I recall the Estonian SSR of the seventies as quite foolish and false. Well, at places the same can be said to contemporary Estonia. OK, first three sentences already revealed that I am a whiner and pessimist, but not hopeless: a human being is generally capable for self-criticism and conscious development.

So I was born in the cultural sixties. Parents, especially my father, who was a scenographer, encouraged me to make art; I graduated from Tallinn 24th Secondary School, but youth is naturally a crazy time and instead of further studies I found myself on the curvy and sometimes dark paths of rock music, mainly all over the Soviet Union. In nineties I returned to Estonia and started making jewellery. Due to the lack of the “right” education I used any tools, materials and techniques. A little later my interest concentrated on slightly larger objects, but not too large, as I am a bit lazy for dealing with them. And to prevent happy end of the story: recently I had a dream of a fearsome 3D printer!- In the book “A-Gallery. Estonian art jewellery gallery for 20 years” (2014)


“I’ve been making watches for a long time, about 15 years. I am actually a tram electrician by training; I have not attended art university. I reaching this field via twisted paths. My father was the art director of the Estonia Theatre and tried to steer me, but I didn’t take the bait while in high school. I wasn’t interested, I did other things, such as rock music. But at some point, I became interested. I started off making small bracelets and other small items and it became my main activity over time. Once, a professional welder came into the gallery and said a piece was poorly welded; that it could be welded much better. Of course, he had no idea I had made the clocks.” – Jüri Roosa at the A-Gallery exhibition MEMORY CARDS (2019)

JÜRI ROOSA

Artist talk was conducted by jewellery artist Sille Luiga.
Filmed and edited by Keiu Maasik.

The artist talk took place within the exhibition CLOUD GAZING.

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