The Totemic Universe of Kris Lemsalu

The Totemic Universe of Kris Lemsalu
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A journey through the various phases of life, from birth to death, with “a piece in the middle”. This was the choice of Kris Lemsalu in presenting his first personal exhibition in London. An itinerary focused around a continuous evolution of ideas, anecdotes and personal stories expressed through sculpture and performance, where the edges of life and art are always less distinct. In the cycle 4LIFE at the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, the artist from Tallin combines unexpected objects, gathered and created to create totemic sculptures in a visual narrative that gives shape to the inconsistent form of personal experience. Hand-stitched fabrics mix with ceramic and clothing created on a sewing machine. The hallucinogenic universe of the artist - who will represent Estonia at the Biennial in Venice in 2019 - is inhabited by talismans and totemic figures. Through three rooms, the human body undergoes a metamorphosis, while dense symbolism erupts from a highly personalised cosmology. Moving through birth in HOLY HELL O, to Sally, Go Round the Roses and finally Biker, Bride, Builder, Businesswoman and Baby, the exhibition seeks to offer a stroll through existence; a dive right into life itself, a centrifuge of rowdy energy right up to its own dissolution.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London