ArtKapsule Co-Founder’s London Exhibition
ArtKapsule co-founder, Sirpa Pajunen-Moghissi, is exhibiting a new series of work at London’s C&C Gallery. Icons of Nature explores the philosophy of Pantheism as well as how primitive humans experienced and worshipped nature.
Sirpa was 10 years old when she painted and copied her first icon instructed by her mother, a professional artist who studied the traditional method of painting icons using raw egg tempera paints and gold leaf, creating golden halos around the heads of figures featured in the paintings. Pajunen-Moghissi’s latest mixed media works successfully combine the traditional techniques of icon painting – gold leaf on board – with contemporary techniques such as digitally manipulated photography, paper, glass paints, film, inkjet printing and acrylic paints. Golden halos turn into large abstract shapes that play on the pictorial surface with the same rhythms as they do in traditional iconographical imagery, instead of depicting spirit in human form she replaces them with images from the natural world. In a time of ecological destruction, environmental turmoil and spiritual disfunction Pajunen-Moghissi’s soul-searching work offers up a refreshing and hopeful alternative.
Sirpa Pajunen-Moghissi, C&C Gallery, 18 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3HF. Until Jan 2, 2019.