Krista Laos (b. 1955 in Haapsalu)
I worked 1978–1991 in Tallinna Jewellery Factory as an artist. Since 1991 I have been a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association. I am also a member of Katariina Guild and ON group.
I earn my bread with silver and jewellery – but not only. As the world is so interesting and I would like to touch the borders by testing everything, I have made various things in various times – from embossed silver brooches to coin necklaces, from jewellery made of braided silver wire to rusted iron hats, from enamel plates to glazed reticules. Currently I try to translate the things I consider important, such as thoughts of time, darkness and light, into silver jewellery. Contemplation over the paradoxes of intellectual and material worlds gave birth to the exhibition “Most important is invisible to the eye” – the sentence taken from „Little Prince“ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
1991–2010 I held seven personal exhibitions in Estonia and one in Germany. Furthermore my creation has been exposed in 37 exhibitions in Estonia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Germany, Russia, France, USA, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Spain and China. In 1999 I received the Ede Kurrel award of the Jewellery Artists’ Association.- In the book “A-Gallery. Estonian art jewellery gallery for 20 years” (2014) Krista Laos
“After a certain time has passed, I get a feeling that I’ve changed and I’m bored doing the same thing or its variations. Then I’ll do something else for a while and return to some ideas which, in retrospect, have turned out better. I’m very unsettled; influenced by various moods and interests.
When we had just opened A-Gallery, where HOP Gallery is now located, then all the works were put out the previous night. I had a necklace in the center of the display, but it so happened, that it was no longer there when the gallery opened in the evening. It had been purchased that morning before the official opening of A-Gallery. It had been bought by an official, to take to either South or North Korea as a state gift.” – Krista Laos at the A-Gallery exhibition MEMORY CARDS (2019)