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MAI LILL “CONNECTED 7” in the design street of the SOLARIS Center.
It is possible to get acquainted with the work of Mai Lill, an Estonian artist residing in California. California is the birthplace of skateboarding, and Mai’s home is located on the legendary Venice Beach, right next to skateboard parks. This is one of the reasons why Mai’s works are largely created on skate decks. In addition, a piece of Venice Beach street art is on display in the form of a large painting.
This exhibition is the 7th episode of the author’s largest international exhibition series “CONNECTED”. With the “CONNECTED” series of the exhibition, I want to remind visitors that we are one in the heart – we cannot be distinguished and compartmentalized by skin color, gender, preference, whom we love, or whatever external or spiritual difference. More than a hundred years ago, a French philosopher and aviator spoke through the Little Prince:”It is only in the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” I believe that it is very important to remember looking with your heart right now, when society is divided by different beliefs and opinions.
The exhibition bears the message “WE • R • ALL • 1”. California has always been seen as a land of dreams and opportunities and has been considered a symbol of freedom for centuries. Travelers have been invited by the gold rush, beautiful nature and fertile surfaces, as well as Hollywood. Beach towns open to the ocean, surfboards and skateboarders on waves and concrete, musicians and barefoot girls on the streets. C. Bukowski, a longtime Los Angeles resident and American writer and poet, has said, “The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.” In this way, this city full of free people attracts others as a magnet. If you watch surfers on the waves or skateboarders in a skate park, you will realize that this movement is meditation, a mixture of freedom, courage, balance and of being connected with the surrounding environment. Therefore, skateboards and surfboards are the best canvas to carry this culture. I have painted soul animals on the boards, these visuals speak of strength and balance, and also of the importance of protecting my soul and heart. An old Cherokee fairy tale says that there are two wolves living in all of us – black and white, these animals are in a constant battle and the one will win which one we feed on with our thoughts and emotions.
I invite visitors to enjoy and fill their hearts with joy, confidence and love, maybe they will also be able to find their soul animal, ”Mai Lill.
Mai Lill’s exhibition is part of the international extreme sports event SIMPLE SESSION.