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Liisa-Aleksandra Volmer

  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Painting
  • BA
  • "The Sistine Madonna"
  • Tutor: Holger Loodus

My Bachelor’s Thesis is based on my stepfather’s biography and consists of two parts, which are paintings and textual material. Additionally, photos of my stepfather’s tattoos and a handmade amulette depicting human skulls is also presented at the exhibition. The main themes of the Thesis are life in Estonian prisons during the eighties and nineties along with a person’s change for the better. Eventually he moves on from his criminal past and starts a new life. The textual part of the Thesis was copleted before everything else — it came to be as my stepfather and I sat behind our kitchen table and I asked him to talk in detail about his past life while I wrote everything down. The paintings, on the other hand, show scenes from his current day-to-day life.
Life is not black and white and I wish more people would not judge ex-felons and instead be open to give them a second chance.

“In the kitchen”
Acrylics and gouache on canvas
150 × 120 cm
“In your hands”
Acrylics on cardboard
60 × 50 cm
“Two feet”
Acrylics on canvas
80 × 60 cm
“A body that speaks”
Acrylics on canvas
80 × 80 cm
Amulet made of bread depicting human skulls
Closeup of the amulet
The cat
The executioner
Jesus on the cross (very badly preserved)
The chamber
The epaulette
The Sistine Madonna
The spider