Siiri Jüris’ latest work revolves around Estonian folklore, incorporating folk tales, games, and beliefs. She merges these traditional elements with personal memories and interpretations in her paintings, using zoomed-in game and action snippets to create mystical environments of saturated colors. Within these environments, the abstract, classical, and digital visual language unites to form a collage-like landscape of vibrant hues, where human bodies are scarcely discernible amidst biomorphic forms and digital-looking patches. Her practice is also strongly influenced by her upbringing near water, which adds a fluid and dynamic quality to her mystical and vibrant world.
Siiri Jüris (b. 1992) is a Swedish-Estonian painter, currently living and working in Uppsala, Sweden. She holds an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2021), as well as an MFA in painting from the University of Tartu (2017). Jüris has participated in many group exhibitions, mainly in Estonia, but also in Sweden, Slovakia, and Lithuania. She was one of the finalists for the Young Painter Prize in both 2019 and 2021, and in 2020 she won the “Young Tartu” competition. Jüris’ solo exhibition matter that (em)bodies was held at the Tartu Art Museum in February 2021.