Take the Path Through Asparaag

Take the Path Through Asparaag

HD video, sound. 8'17'' Dimensions variable Edition of 5 + 1 artist proof

Mari-Leen Kiipli is a photo, video and installation artist represented by the Kogo Gallery. She explores the perception of the surroundings, focuses on sensitive presence and its transmission in a photographic and video medium or as an installation. She is interested in humanity’s relationship with nature and the myths and fantasies related to nature.

Mari-Leen Kiipli: “I looked around stunned. Dust balls and lint were sticking to my skin, and I tried to wipe them off. Looking out, I was passing through different environments like courtyard, my birthday party, plastic greenhouse, the impact of grass, argument of the gardeners, moisture rose, beanstalks, all year long summerhouse, a piece from somewhere else, my body is inevitable”. 

Mari-Leen Kiipli showed this video first time in her solo exhibition “no path goes through Asparaag” at Tartu Art House. Later it was included in Art Biesenthal in Germany in 2020 and at the Liste Art Fair Basel in Switzerland in 2021.


About the artist

Mari-Leen Kiipli (born in 1988) creates photos, videos and installations that focus mainly on the unspoken, cognitive features of spaces and situations. As an attentive viewer, wanderer, and researcher, she has created her vision of genres such as nature documentaries, sports coverage, or nature photography, as opposed to the narrative-based notion prevalent in the media. She is interested in old myths and stories in the modern context, such as the myth of the end of the world or the tales and use of various plants. Through these stories, she explores humanity’s relationship with nature. With her inventive and fascinating installations, she sharpens the viewer’s attention to light, transparency, reflections, shadows, colour, sharpness, texture, movement, sound and other perceptible qualities. To do this, she uses various materials, found objects, plants, slow-motion videos. In videos and photographs, she depicts her own focused and sensitive presence or even improvisational movement in found places, such as an abandoned house or industrial landscape, forest, field or greenhouse. Mari-Leen’s works are both enchanting and confusing.

Mari-Leen Kiipli has studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts and Pallas University of Applied Sciences, attended exchange studies in Vienna and currently lives and works in Tallinn. Kiipli’s recent solo or duo exhibitions are “Nanshe Gone Fishing” in Draakon Gallery, Tallinn (2021), “Husa” in Haapsalu City Gallery (2020), Mari-Leen Kiipli “Husa” & Paul Kuimet “Crystal Grid” in Kogo Gallery, Tartu (2020), “no path goes through Asparaag” in Tartu Art House (2019), “Secret Whistle in the Forest” with Kristi Kong in Kogo Gallery, Tartu (2018), “Passiflora” in Hobuspea Gallery, Tallinn ( 2017), “One-on-One” at the Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallinn (2017). Her works have been shown at group exhibitions, screenings and art fairs such as  Liste Art Fair Basel (with Kogo Gallery, 2021),  photo fairs Unseen Amsterdam and Foto Tallinn (with Kogo Gallery, 2019), The Others, independent art fair, Turin (with the Estonian Union of Photography Artists FOKU, 2018), Estonia Now: Artists’ Moving Image Program, Tramway, Glasgow (2018) and Metamorphoses for Home, Tartu Art Museum, curator Johanna Hoffman (2018).

At the art fair Foto Tallinn in 2019, the private funding platform Outset Estonia awarded Mari-Leen Kiipli (with Kogo gallery) with the purchase of her video work “Fish That Swallows the Earth. Particles That Dance in the Sunrays”. In 2018, Mari-Leen received the annual award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, and her installation “Passiflora” presented by FOKU won the prize in the Expanded Screen section of The Others art fair in Turin. 


More works by this artist

HD video in two chapters, sound. 9'35''. Dimensions variable. Edition of 2/3+2 artist proof, 2018
4500 €
Colour print on aluminium composite, 90 × 60 cm, 2019
1200 €
Concrete, bent armature, raspberries, 41 × 40 × 12 cm, 2020
1300 €
Concrete, bent armature, raspberries, 30 × 51 × 13 cm, 2020
950 €
Bent armature, raspberries, 28 × 40 × 20 cm, 2020
950 €
Concrete, bent armature, raspberries, 38 × 44 × 26 cm, 2020
1300 €
Concrete, bent armature, raspberries, 18 × 33 × 15 cm, 2020
900 €
Concrete, bent armature, raspberries, 22 × 31 × 14 cm, 2020
800 €
HD video, sound. 8'17'' Dimensions variable Edition of 5 + 1 artist proof, 2019
3000 €
Colour print on aluminium composite, 90 × 60 cm, 2019
1200 €

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