Today I lose myself in the maze of colors and lines

Today I lose myself in the maze of colors and lines

Mixed media on paper
19.5 x 18 cm

Starting price 250 € at the Gathering at Kogo Auction on June 5th 2021

Kristi Kongi has donated two of her mixed media works on paper – “The Cold Went Through Her Body. Clouds With Magenta Colors Glowed In the Sky” and “Today I Lose Myself In The Maze Of Colors and Lines” – from the series “Is There Still Light and Color?”. Each work in that series is like an entry in a diary about the artist’s observations about light, colours, and emotions. The series started in the spring of 2020 during the social isolation of the pandemic.

Learn more about the artist and look at her other artworks.


About the artist

Kristi Kongi (born 1985) is a painter and installation artist whose work focuses on colour, light, and space. Her brightly coloured paintings often take the form of impressive installations made for specific settings creating effect that Estonian art critic Elnara Taidre described as “painting within a painting” or meta-painting. Besides painting on canvas, walls, floors and ceilings, she also uses various coloured materials such as fabric, plywood and acrylic plastic to create her installations. Her works are based on specific or imagined places, and her observations, emotions and memories. Kristi Kongi is using thorough research and experiments in painting where she trials various colours, light and shade. The artist refers to these experiments as ‘exercises with the moon’. Her work is both poetic – this is also expressed in the titles – as well as systematic and analytical.

Kristi Kongi studied painting at Tartu Art College (BA, 2004-2008) and graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts painting department (MA, 2008-2011). She’s been awarded with Young Artist Prize (2011), Sadolin Art Prize (2013), Konrad Mägi Prize (2017), Estonian Cultural Endowment’s annual award (2021) and was nominated for the Köler Prize in 2016. Kristi Kongi is among the recipients of the national artists’ salary between 2022–2024. She is an Associate Professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts painting department.

See her profile also in the artists’ database by the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art.

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