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Spill (Ref 856)

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Spill (Ref 856)

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86.4 x 119.4 cm
34.02 x 47 in


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  • About the work


This work is part of a series titled Spill.

Plastic paper is attached to a foamboard and tilted down away from the artist, as she bends forward with her hands clasping graphite and colored pencils together, spilling the lines down toward the ground, letting her upper body fall forward as loosely but forcefully as possible. 

A blend of the athletic and the meditative, these works respond to the wash of water spilling over sidewalks and human barriers in the wake of the big recent hurricanes in New York and New Jersey. 

  • T. Roniger, “ Light Matter”, exhibition catalogue, Kentler Inte rnational Drawing Space, February 2015
  • H.Treier, “Just Like the Wind: Jaanika Peerna’s intricate Simplicity”, essay, “Jaanika Peerna: Storms and Silences” (artist monograph), February 2015
  • F. Robinson, “Drawing or Performance”, essay, “Jaanika Peerna: Stor ms and Silences” (artist monograph), February 2015
  • R. Kübarsepp, “Joonte füüsiline mõnu”, exhibition review, Postimees , Estonian daily newspaper, Oct 10, 2014
  • I.Manalo “Studio Visit: Jaanika Peerna”, - peerna/ , August 2014
  • F. Robinson , “Jaanika Peerna: Avanzare, Arretrare”, - peerna /
  • Veronika Valk, ed, SNOWMUD : Protocols: the Estonian Acad emy of Arts Faculty of Architecture Guest Speaker Series 2012 - 2013
  • U. Salm, “ Künstlergespräch mit Jaanika Peerna”, Das Balticum Blatt , December 19, 2013
  • H. Treier, “Reappearance of Abstract Art”, exhibition review, KesKus , September 2013
  • K. Lillemets, “ New York - based artist Jaanika Peerna: Appreciating the shades of grey”, interview, Estonian World , September,10 2013 - york - based - artist - jaanika - peerna - appreciating - shades - grey/
  • M. Trauring , “ Sciulli finds her way in the dark”, Southampton Press , May 18, 2013 Christine - Sciulli - Finds - Her - Way - In - The - Dark
  • M. Järvi, “Raidmetsa ja Peerna näitus Park”, interview at Estonian State Radio, February 27, 2013
  • V. Valk , “Eem al ja Kohal/ Away and Here”, discussion with Peerna, Sirp : Estonian Cultural Weekly, February, 28 2013
  • “Park” exhibition in Estonian State TV news, February,19, 2012
  • ” Drawn by Wind: Scribble Artist Interview with Jaanika Peerna”,, Janua ry 2013, - artist - interview - with - jaanika - peerna/
  • “A Question of Slow”, on - line exhibition review, , Dec. 2012
  • A. Pierz, “Fairly Slow Art on Governors Island”, Slow Art Day Blog, September 2012
  • V. Thurlow , “Ko mpromissitriennaal”, Sirp : cultural weekly in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept, 6 2012
  • A. Juurak , “Silent Revolution”, exhibition catalog, July 2012
  • M. Lepp, Joonistuskunsti varasalvest , a book on drawing, published August, 2012
  • L. Pietroluongo, “Dynamic Duos: Ar tFull Living”, Chronogram , July, 2012
  • N. Raud , Silence exhibition in New York, interview on Estonian TV, June 8,2012 :
  • S. Joon, “Kunstnike käejäljed”, Pärnu Postimees , daily newspaper, Pärnu, Estonia February, 7 2012
  • A. Purre, “Drawing the invisible” Tähelepanu, Valmis Olla, Kunst! State art education materials Tallinn, Estonia August 2011
  • V. Thurlow, “Harilik pole tavaline”, Harilik, exhibition catalog , October 2011
  • L. Haimelin, interview with Jaanika Peerna, LU XE IMMO , #16 2011
  • R. Varblane, “The world needs a free foal”, Liberté, exhibition catalog , November 2011
  • T. Young “ArtBeat: Estonians in Paris”, - beat - estonians - in - paris/, December 2, 2011
  • A. Demir, “Freedom/Conquest”, Liberté, exhibition catalog , November 2011
  • N. Boldych, “Vabaduse Ilmingud”, Sirp , December, 9, 2011
  • J. Püttsepp, “Sama torm looduses ja kunstiteoses”, Sirp: Roheline Värav , November, 26 2010
  • V.Vikerkaar, “Longing Through Line: Drawing back to Home”, Ba ltic Reports (online at, June 2,2010
  • R. Nukk, “Jaanika Peerna püüab tuult”, Aripäev , June 20, 2010
  • K. Ulman, “Kuidas joonistada tuule ääri?”, Eesti Naine , June 2010
  • Video’Appart Paris - Dubai exhibition catalog, curated by Mamia Breteche, March 2010
  • G. Gouveia, “What’s art got to do, got to do with it?”, Journal News , February 14, 2009
  • A. Lipton, “Out of the Blue”, exhibition catalogue, February, 2009
  • D. Lombardi, “...time I got to Woodstock”, Culture Catch (online), July 25, 2008
  • M. Sabbatino, “The Paradox of Water”, exhibition catalog, March 2008
  • B.E. Wilson, “The Camera Always Lies”, Photography Quarterly #4, 2008
  • R. Rice, “The Camera Always Lies”, Roll Magazine, July 2008
  • B.E. Wilson, “Drawing Togethe r”, Chronogram , February, 2008
  • B. Genocchio, “Opening a Window on the Creative Mind”, New York Times, January 27, 2008
  • P. Smart, “Smart Art”, Woodstock Times , April 12, 2007
  • T. Spire, “Jaanika Peerna: Portfolio”, Photography Quarterly , October, 2005
  • C. Fuchek, “The ‘Digital’ Age”, Poughkeepsie Journal, June 5, 2005
  • N. Edwards, “Landscapes, every which way, star in Beacon show”, Poughkeepsie Journal , Jan. 14, 2005
  • W. Zimmer, “Taking in Videos And Feeling Faint”, New York Times, May 23, 2004
  • D. Lombard i, “Turning data into textured paintings”, New York Times , January 26, 2003
  • B.E. Wilson, “Here and There (Are Closer Than You Think)”, Chronogram, March 2003

About the Artist

1971 , Estonia

Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian-born artist whose work encompasses drawing, video, installations and performances. She creates abstract drawings on thin plastic paper through intuitive physical movements inspired by, and reminiscent of dance.
She lives and works in New York, Berlin and Tallinn.


Peerna earned her MFA from the State University of New York (SUNY) in New Paltz in 2005. 
She completed a fellowship from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland, in 1998, and earned her MA from Tallinn University in Estonia in 1995.


In Peerna's studio work, she uses the physical movements of her body to simulate natural forces such as falling water, wind, gravity and momentum. She attaches a sheet of Mylar to a board then grasps a bunch of pencils in each hand. Touching the tips of the pencils to the Mylar she then executes a single, fluid, whole-body gesture, moving the pencils across the surface in emulation of the motion of natural phenomena such as a waterfall or storm surge. In this movement, Peerna's body becomes like water released. The pencils are an extension of Peerna's physicality and the image left behind on the surface is an instantaneous record of this singular natural event.

Outside the studio Peerna sometimes collaborates with musicians, dancers and other artists, executing her drawings on Mylar spread out onto the floor or hung from the ceiling. She connects her pencils to the Mylar's surface then moves across the surface creating marks that record the intuitive motions she makes while interacting with her partner.


Peerna is inspired by transitory natural phenomena such as light, water and air. While in the process of creating a drawing, she connects to the sound of the tip of the pencil running across the surface. The image thus becomes a physical record of the transitory nature of the experience in which she is collaborating. The work is an aesthetic monument, a visual memory of the moment.

Though active, involved, and sometimes noisy, Peerna’s practice is deeply rooted in an investigation of silence. It is an attempt to record the simplicity and beauty underlying a complex set of environmental and experiential stimuli.

Her drawings are a relic of the culmination of a meeting of three-dimensional and two-dimensional space. The work carries with it an inherent contemplative depth caused by the use of a static, flat surface, as a method of recording emotional, psychological and physical transitions involving space, time and human activity.

Artist statement

"I make drawings, and installations. My elements are line and light; my materials are pencils, vellum and the movement of my body. I am a vessel gathering subtle and rapturous processes in nature, using the experiences and impulses to make my work.  I record mist turning into water.  I let wind move my body so that it leaves traces on paper. I swim through thousands of layers of gray air and mark each one down. Most of my work is born in the solitude of my studio. Sometimes public performances with musicians and dancers draw me out from the safe silence of my space and expand my drawing practice. I am interested in the never-ending process of becoming with no story, no beginning, no end—just the current moment in flux."


Peerna's work is included in a number of private collections throughout the United States and Europe and is also included in the collection of the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (National Foundation for Contemporary Art) in Paris.


Peerna's work has been exhibited extensively in solo shows in New York City and Tallinn, Estonia (her home town), as well as in Berlin, Paris, Helsinki, Lisbon, Dubai, Honolulu, Rome and multiple other cities.

Notable distinctions

Peerna was awarded the FID Grand Prize at the 2016 Foire Internationale du Dessin (International Drawing Fair) in Paris, France.


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