Mari Pärtelpoeg (b. 1956 in Tallinn)
Member of ON group and Jewellery Artists’ Association. I have participated in exhibitions since 1978 including in Danish-Baltic applied art exhibitions in Copenhagen, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn in 1992; in the exhibition “Estonian Jewellery” in the gallery of the Swedish Association of Contemporary Silver in Stockholm in 1992; in the exhibition of Baltic and Scandinavian design and applied art “From dreams to reality” in Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn and Helsinki in 1993-1994.
I have participated three times in the applied art triennial in Tallinn and in all exhibitions of ON group in Tallinn, my last personal exhibition was held in 2009 in A-Gallery. My works can be found in the collection of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design.
From my childhood I remember a necklace made of yellow waterlily. It was so special, beautiful, fragrant, perfect. I try to catch this experience, I admire details of nature, combinations of materials and colour, rhythms, simplicity. Time and possibilities change, so do I.- In the book “A-Gallery. Estonian art jewellery gallery for 20 years” (2014)
“I found this stone at the Merivälja “Dog Beach”. Its surface had been worn by the sea, sand and other stones. I cut the silhouette. At first it was just a half-arc, whose shape was due to the original shape of the stone. When I hung it from a ribbon, I thought it was a new moon, but the new moon is not dark! This is the half of the moon, onto which the Earth’s shadow falls. I named it the THE HIDDEN SIDE OF THE MOON.
I’ve been “weaving” this kind of ribbon for twenty years and it’s a very calming activity.” – Mari Pärtelpoeg at the A-Gallery exhibition MEMORY CARDS (2019)