Lisette Lepik’s exhibition ”Garden of Eve” was shown at Uus Rada Gallery from January 28th until February 3rd 2022
Everything began from there: the land, the world, the air, the sky, the soil, the water, the fire, the land. Me and you, you and me, us and we. Everything begins from there. I took a picture of my sister’s hand, which was holding a rose. This beautiful, pulsing, throbbing, bloody, thorny, sad, fertile rose reminded me of a vulva. Some ancient, primal, feminine impulse fired at me. It told me to give more attention to this flower. I didn’t explain it to myself. I just started painting and gradually deciphering this phenomenon. – Lisette Lepik
Using the motif of the flower the exhibition presents an ongoing series of oil paintings by Lisette reflecting on the experience of the menstrual cycle; menstrual pains and the agonizing process of trying different birth-control methods and choosing one in the end. The exhibition space is transformed into a womb holding a series of paintings within its walls. Through expressive use of colour and gestural mark each painting speaks to totally different experiences within the monthly cycle.
Uus Rada is a community art space run in the former Raja Gallery Space in Tallinn, Estonia (Instagram @uusrada)
Curatorial assistance for the exhibition from Sophie Durand.
Photography: Elo Vahtrik