Olga and Priit Pärn Exhibition "Tip of the Iceberg"
From 24 August to 24 October the second exhibition of the renowned artists and 2020/21 liberal arts professors Olga & Priit Pärn is open at the UT library 2nd floor foyer. There will be 67 book illustrations on display which also include their 10-year old son's first illustration works.
"Every verbal text is worthy of its own particular visual style," says Priit Pärn who has worked as an illustrator, caricaturist and animated film director for more than forty years. "An illustration should add something to the text. Otherwise there is no point in creating illustrations. While illustrating, one should always keep in mind not to digress too far from the text ‒ a relationship between the two should always be graspable for readers."
Over 45 years Priit Pärn has illustrated around 40 books, some of which have been published abroad. At this exhibition his illustrations from 16 books are presented. Pärn himself considers such exhibitions of illustrations somewhat a weird phenomenon. "Pictures outside of a book, ties with the verbal text torn apart, incomprehensible, full of cryptic implications to something that the text obviously expressed," explains the artist. "The verbal text is somewhere 'out there' ‒ unaccessible. The text in its endless richness and greatness is like the iceberg under water, invisible to the eye, represented only by the pictures on the exhibition wall, which constitute the visible tips of those icebergs."
Olga Pärn dreamt of illustrating books already in her childhood, yet she first got a chance to catch up with this dream only in Estonia when Ilona Martson turned to her for a collaboration for the kids magazine "Täheke" (Little Star). Next she started to work for and with the publishing house "Tänapäev". As of today she has illustrated several books for them, including those of one of the most beloved Estonian children authors ‒ Aino Pervik. "In Estonia, for the first time in my life I felt completely free and therefore able to draw and illustrate just like my artist's heart desired," said Olga Pärn. "The only limits there've been have been time and the text, because every illustration inevitably depends on the text." Now she dreams of making illustrations that are totally "out of box". "I've got so many ideas, and I very much hope to enrich the world of Estonian illustrated books with unexpected visual delicacies," is Olga Pärn optimistic.
The artists' son Märt Rudolf has followed his parents' footsteps, and has taken part in the illustrating of five books already. At the exhibition his works from the past four years are presented.
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