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Kadri Mälk

calls herself a metaphysicist by vocation. A jewellery artist, she draws inspiration for her artistic and curatorial work from the dark of the souls and the night as well as the colour black. In 2001 she organised the exhibition Nocturnus with international contributions at the Tallinn Art Academy, where she has been teaching as a professor of jewellery since 1996, and a night-symposium on the island of Muhu. She studied jewellery art at the Tallin Art Academy with Leili Kuldkepp in the 1980s, followed by studies of gemmology and stone-working in St. Petersburg, studies with Bernd Munstein in Stipshausen, near Idar-Oberstein (Germany), and design studies at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Her work has been shown at international solo exhibitions, and her jewellery can be seen in museums and public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum London, the Espace Solidor in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, the Alice und Louis Koch Collection in Zurich, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the LACMA, Los Angeles. Among her publications are the exhibition catalogue Nocturnus (2001), Ornament as a Crime (1998, with Christer Jonsson), Chroma/Monochroma (2007), Just Must (2008) and Castle in the Air (2011, with Tanel Veenre) – a publication about works of the Estonian jewellery art group õhuLoss (eng. ‘castle in the air’), which Mälk founded as a mentor in 1999. Her monography Testament was published in 2017. Mälk’s work has received several international awards, most recently the renowned Bavarian State Prize 2016.
Other texts by Kadri Mälk for DIAPHANES
  • ritual
  • spiritism
  • occultism
  • imagination
  • contemporary art
  • artistic practice