Mirjam Kustov

keraamik/skulptor

Mirjam Kustov

keraamik/skulptor

Ceramics has become a way of expression for me. My exit if you will! Ceramics allows me to give a shape or form to an emotion, experience, to joy and sorrow. It´s the contrasts I´m interested in: light-shadow, finished-rough, contrast between artist´s vulnerability and courage to express it. I also like to combine different materials with ceramics. Conceptual, figurative, abstract are a few keywords regarding my work.

Clay, for me, is alive material. I feel as it stores up energy around it. I try to listen to it, perceive it and to implement my ideas by collaborating with it. Usually I find inspiration from life, but also from nature or some seemingly trifling detail which then starts to evolve into a derivation – my version of this moment, experience, detail, pattern etc. I do not restrict myself with specific genre or topic. My signature style is not what you would call safe or mainstream. There are also works with sensitive subject matter. Maybe this is the reason it will not leave anyone indifferent – people either love it or not. Either way it brings out emotions. I mainly create single copy unique art and not massproduction. If the concept of the art or the idea requires there has been some multiple piece works.

Studying in the Estonian Academy of Arts has given me so much more than just a degree. It has started me on a career I am passionate about. It has been a true adventure, a journey on finding myself. I have learned not only to look but to see. To see colours when there is darkness. I have learned to hear silence among noise. I have learned to be alone in a crowd and not to be afraid of it. I have become friends with myself! Because by the end of the day that´s what is important – each of us have to be in peace with ourselves. I will continue the journey I have started with my suitcase full of memories, experiences, new skills and new friends for life.

June, 2020