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Notes from the Woodshed


On 7th January, 2019, exhibition Notes from the Woodshed comprising the works of young Hungarian artists Aniko Herbert, Zsófia Sztranyák and Hanna Tillmann opens in Rakvere Galerii. The works shown are based on the personal, partially Estonian memories of their creators. Exhibition opened by Director of the Hungarian Institute, Tamás Orosz.


Herbert Aniko aka Haniko
visual artist

HanikoHiroshima virágai
Visual artist Herbert Aniko aka HANIKO's raw material is paper. Her works – with which she has become one of the exceptional people in the art world of contemporary art - are large watercolors, small collages, paper and other natural materials, a collection of installations of found objects. Her creations are characterized by cleanness, fine workmanship and personal tone.


The diary and creations of Noémi Ferenczy had a strong influence on Haniko's newest works. The picture titled You have to start where you stand features Haniko's alterego dressed in red standing and looking without any stir at the wildly sprawling field in front of her. The paper leaves cut and glued together cover the entire space signaling that here nature is the master and the taming of the garden hasn't started yet.
In the center of The Flowers of Hiroshima, a picture covered with grey textile is a standing, also grey womanly figure made of paper, and flowers - snow-white paper flowers, leaves - springing from her body fill the rest of the space. The picture can be perhaps first understood as the victory of nature, as life can return after a deadly catastrophe and be able to fill space again. However, the soil where these new plant shoots are coming is radiated and sick. True, plants after a nuclear pollution can still grow, the title reminds us that destruction, death and tragedy is also present and the plants' cells carry them forward.
The momentarily silence after rain and the resuming tranquility surprising her is to be enjoyed in the aquarelle animation Dive-bomb, whose protagonist is sitting, half-length womanly figure with downcast eyes. Leaves drop one-by-one from a Hungary-body levitating above onto the head of the figure that can be seen as a self-portrait. The leaves roll down slowly like in the autumn from the trees. You might still get the feeling that there is hope. Or at least for a few seconds it might seem there is.


"If there is an inherent connection between man and nature,
then there is a community among men through nature." ?
From Noémi Ferenczy's diary


Zsófi Sztranyák

urban birds repro
She likes every part of creation. From the birth of a thought or idea until its concrete shape. The originality of her work lies in thoughts. Whether its planning graphic works or artistic projects. She uses manual artistic techniques easily in her digital works or the other way around, which lead her to become the master of a special, mixed style.
Zsofia Sztranyak Graphics

It started with the journey to Estonia I undertook the very first time many years ago. This journey later on launched a series of meetings and experiences, feelings that still live vividly inside me. A nice friend of mine from Tallinn once wished me many "soaring, return and landing" in my future. Well, this is the time that my experiences in this singing-bird country should arrive from the chambers of my mind. With love to Estonia.


Jaan Kaplinski: Silence is always here

Silence is always here and everywhere;
sometimes we simply hear it more clearly:
fog is covering the meadow, the barn door is open,
a redwing is singing over there; a white
moth is circling incessantly around the elm branch;
and the branch itself is still swaying imperceptibly
on the background of the evening sky.
The dusk robs us all of faces and names,
only the difference between light and dark remains.
The heart of a midsummer's night:
the old watch on the desk
is suddenly ticking so terribly loudly.



Adél Hanna Tillmann

Tillmann-Hanna Régi mese II. 2017

Artist, teacher and illustrator living in Budapest.


She is interested in drawing, collage and installations. She feels a peculiar attachment towards absurd that is presented in her combination of drawings and writings. This process is a continuous analysis, all decisive experiences and motions are sooner or later translated into and through lines and letters.
She believes teaching is a mutually inspiring process where everyone can experience the freedom of creation. Works as the teacher for GYIK Muhely, Bölcs Kavics and Futrinka workshops.


From my works presented here, the Wilding personalities [Vadhajtás személyiségek, 2017] and Birch tree complaints [Nyírfasirámok, 2018] are closely related to Estonia. The previous was prepared in the graphic art camp in the island of Muhu, reflecting the local flora and thinking about the wildling personalities of humans. The Birch tree complaints was born from the experiences of this year's artistic camp in Mazirbe, Latvia. Birch trees are defining elements of the Baltic and Russian scenery that I closely relate to my Byelorussian grandmother. Through her dying, birch tree became a much more important symbol, whose graphic patterns can hide many stories.
Mentally, the series Cartoon 1-3. [Képregény 1-3., Hommage á Anna Margit] is also linked, depicting a woman who must live in war and for self-defense, slowly departs from her body.
The central theme of the series Old fable [Régi mese] is also girlhood/womanhood that is endangered by the mother (Old fable I.) or violence depicted by the wolf (Old fable II.).
You cannot see humans in the empty scenery of At midnight in no man's land [Éjfélkor senkiföldjén, 2016], only animals remain as the expressions of feelings.


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