Winner of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2016
River of Life focuses on the melancholic and fleeting nature of human existence. Materialism, and the things that we hold on to are identified through the central character’s sunken and sullen form. The course of the stream with its ebbs, twists, and turns is not unlike life itself with its changes in course and the uncontrollable interjections that so often find their way through. How does one adapt to the change of flow of their life: By laying branches in the stream, or by removing the obstacles in their path?
Toying with an ambiguous backdrop of what could be interior intimacy or the striated depths of a forest, Siim’s watercolour is self-referential and drawn in her signature style; with shapes and characters not firmly rooted in our world but never too far away from its concerns.