The exhibition „Tongues Out“ talks about the phenomena taking place in the climate crisis, which every person seemingly is aware of, but which we are not really aware of.
These phenomena take place on too large a scale, they are unfathomable, and we simply cannot perceive the magnitude of the changes taking place. On the other hand,
these phenomena are also very uncomfortable to see or admit. It's hard to give up the comforts of life, too many excuses emerge on our lips: "I alone can't change anything",
"I'm worth it all because I've worked so hard to have it all", "Status demands"... and "It's my right!".
The exhibited glass objects, installation, and video bring into focus the relationship between man and water in times of climate change. The total volume of water on the planet
Earth has remained constant for billions of years. Our planet does not gain or give up water, but water circulates in constant motion through the oceans, currents, seas, bays,
lakes, rivers, evaporating dewdrops, precipitation, and the bodies of all living organisms. Thus, the water that temporarily forms and sustains today's bodies of water and life
forms also carries with it 3.9 billion years of history and stretches into the unknown future.
The exhibition is a reminder to visitors to think about how to tame their desires and consumption.
How to come to the recognition that the water that keeps us alive has been
loaned to us by all previous and future generations?
We thank: the Glass Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts, 3DLaser, Kristjan Lepik, and Triin Lepik
Elle Kannike (b.1980) is a Tallinn-based artist working in mosaics, glass, and life drawing.
Her works raise awareness about environmental issues and highlight the gravity of the
climate emergency. Currently, she is studying for a Master's degree in the Glass Department
at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Being fascinated by the material agency of glass, in her artistic
research she is exploring ways to collaborate with the matter. In addition to glass, she is also
looking for ways to co-create with nature and moving materials like ice or living microorganisms.
She is a member of the International Association of Contemporary Mosaicists.