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The artist believes that the things that we use every day should be especially well made and chosen carefully to accompany us on our life journey. Liisu enjoys playing around with the opposites. Applied art is usually considered to be practical, but Liisu often places rather ethereal ideas on her pieces that seem controversial at first. That controversy between a useful object and a message on it, the line between wordily and ethereal, creates an odd mix that can make one blush or admire.
Liisu Arro has graduated from the ceramics department in Estonian Academy of Arts and has also studied in Portugal. She has been doing ceramics since 2002 and opened her own studio in 2006. Liisu has exhibited her works in group and solo exhibitions in Estonia, Great Britain, Denmark and Germany.
Liisu is the third generation artist in her family. Her parents Epp Maria Kokamägi and Jaak Arro and her grandparents from her mother’s side Imbi Lind and Luulik Kokamägi are all artists.
Luulik has a solid place in Estonian art history, his works are in the Art Museum of Estonia and in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow among others. Imbi was a painter but she worked in Tallinnfilm all her life as an artist and decorator, so many of the most beloved characters in Estonian movies (“Summer”, “Ukuaru”) are dressed by her.
The characters of Epp Maria Kokamägi’s paintings are winged and earthly, almost always women. “Heavenly army”, “Against the wind”, “First snow” are fragments from her painting titles. Epp’s works are also in different art collections around the world, including the Art Museum of Estonia and Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Jaak Arro’s works can also be found in KUMU and in private collections.