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Kadri Pärnamets, Installation view of Nature/Nurture. Video by Great Sky Media


We continue our series of news and stories about the twelve women artists in NATURE/NURTURE focusing our ninth in the edition on Kadri Pärnamets.
Kadri Pärnamets and I met through the social network of the artists the gallery represents, which is often the way I've begun relationships that develop long term. This "net" is actually a form of nurturing that connects one artist to another, first through their professional art practice, and over time, growing to become increasingly personal.

We got to know Kadri during the summer she spent at Project Art working in the studio with Sergei Isupov in 2008. Both artists produced independent works, and while working side by side, they also created a collaborative series. Kadri's biomorphic forms and Sergei's painted details merged along the lines of the surrealist game, exquisite corpse, when one artist starts and the next one adds, and is something that came naturally to these two artists. Their international lives in Estonia and USA and time working at international symposia and residencies provided time for collaborations, and now with the dual residencies, they work side by side tackling domestic projects in both of their home environments.

During the course of Nature/Nurture, suddenly in quarantine with their daughter, Roosi schooling from home, Kadri's work in the shared family studio became focused on a series of small works and collaborative home projects at Project Art.

Due to the extended run of Nature/Nurture, we have the opportunity to reflect on paths taken, connections made and shared experiences in our now weekly series of FC News & Stories with each issue focusing on an individual artist in the exhibition. The ON NURTURE statements written by each artist acknowledges family, artist mentors, education and, particularly for Kadri, recognition of nature as inspiration and metaphor for her sculptures. Focusing our attention on "small matters", Kadri's sculptures of roots and painted details of common pollinator insects recognize the foundation of our ecosystem and our inter-dependence - something that has become more obvious to us all as we observe the impact of global warming and the spread of Coronavirus.

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ON NURTURE | Kadri Pärnamets
“My new work is drawn from my roots. Focusing on the little simple things in nature, like bugs and their sounds, these things give us an understanding of time and space. Wherever I hear the sounds of the first fly in the spring or a mosquito buzz in summer I’m reminded of how important it is to keep balance in our surroundings and to appreciate the annual life cycles that begin from most ordinary and common things. Small Matters.” -Kadri Pärnamets, 2020
Pärnamets takes inspiration from master painters, rendering exquisite painted interpretations of iconic images on three dimensional, voluminous, cloud forms. Focusing on gesture and expression, Pärnamets selects noted classics of female beauty by painters from the European Renaissance and Impressionist eras, like Lucas Cranach the Elder and Edouard Manet.  

Having grown up seeing these paintings in museums and books, from childhood to present, she has studied and reflected on the women’s expressions and context. 
Revisiting them during various periods of her life, and now as a mother and wife, she now reflects on these images, what they convey about roles played by the women they portray.  Reflecting  on the human condition, they speak to sacrifice, service and devotion represented in the portraits of Venus and Lucretia by Cranach, bathers of Ingres, nudes of Manet and religious images of Saint Agnes.

Above: "Question of Honor | Lucretia (After Lucas Cranach the Elder) Teapot", 2015, porcelain, slip, glaze, 11"h.
Left: "The Turkish Bath Jean - Auguste- Dominique Ingres", 2016, porcelain, slip, glaze, 9 "h.
Kadri Pärnamets Instagram takeover: NATURE/NURTURE in Quarantine
Our life has always relied upon work in the studio and projects to keep us moving forward. During the quarantine, I decided to make a large group of cups as the days went on. Here, I am showing the sanding process in the studio. Each of the 50 cups I made during the quarantine were layered and slips, which are then sanded back to reveal textures beneath.

Photos by Roosi Isupov
Follow Kadri Pärnamets on @ferrincontemporary & @projectart01026
Kadri Parnamets | Cups
Kadri created a suite of 50 cups in a grand installation.

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(b. 1968, Rakvere, Estonia, lives and works in Cummington, MA)

Kadri Pärnamets works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting. Her biomorphic, organic forms provide a means to convey personal interests ranging from the fragile, natural environment to female identity. Focusing on gesture and expression, she selects known classics of female beauty by painters from the European Renaissance and Impressionist eras, like Lucas Cranach the Elder and Edouard Manet. Pärnamets has taught in the Estonian Art Academy and is a member of the Asuurkeraamika Studio, Estonian Artists Association, and Estonian Ceramist Association.

Pärnamets’ work has been shown internationally at Ferrin Contemporary, (North Adams, MA), the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, (Tallinn, Estonia), and at the International Tea Trade Expo, (Shanghai, China). Since 1996, she has participated in symposiums in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Switzerland, USA, Norway, and Hungary. In Pärnamets graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia in 1994 with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Dividing her time between Estonia and USA, her primary studio is the USA at Project Art in Cummington, MA. She is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.



Nature/Nurture is a group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice. The exhibition explores these ideas that range from direct interpretations of the natural world to more abstract notions, such as the construction of gender and the endowed role of women within their personal and professional careers. Works in clay range in form from individual vessels to composed still lifes and figural and abstract sculpture. This exhibition was extended due to COVID 19 which allowed the gallery and artists to engage in a dialog exploring the original issues surrounding gender but now through the lens of lives in #thetimeofcovid.


NATURE/NURTURE | Group Show of 12 Women Artists
LESLIE FERRIN | Director Notes | Nature of Nurturing
CRISTINA CORDOVA | Nature/Nurture | PBS Craft in America – Identity
LAUREN MABRY | Nature/Nurture | Cylinders & Flow Blocks
ANINA MAJOR | Nature/Nurture | No Vacancy in Paradise
CRYSTAL MOREY | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
MARA SUPERIOR | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
RAE STERN | Nature/Nurture | In Fugue
TRICIA ZIMIC | Nature/Nurture | Sins & Virtues



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