Reet Varblane, art critic from Estonia wrote: In order to understand Aili Vint’s pure art, one has to have time, a wish to accept and an appropriate mental state. Light art is meditative this way. Clement Greenberg, the patron of pure art, should be happy as there is nothing else disturbing the viewing experience.
Arvo Pärt, Estonian composer: I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colors. Only a prism can divide the colors and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.
Painter Aili Vint: I create just a simple form of white paper, and then trust it to The Light of God. Clean your eyes to the godly light. - When your eyes dive into the clear light, you clean your eyes from the everyday. Just like a wine taster, who rinses his mouth with water, before tasting a new kind of wine.
OP-ART & LIGHT INSTALLATIONS
ÜKS PILT: AILI VINT "SKULPTUUR PÄIKESELOOJANGUST" Kunstihoones, 1995
Aili Vint Reflections, 1993, acrylic, exhibited at the Osaka Painting Trennale' 93 (The Light, reflected on the color, is glowing from behind. The tilted board is pure white)
3D GRAPHIC ART - THE MAGIC GLOW OF WHITE PAPER
Aili Vint: How I became fascinated by the magic glow of white paper? I had just bought three very expensive sheets of snow white paper to make some graphic prints for the Osaka Print Triennale. In my studio, I placed all three rolls of paper on the table, and I noticed that the glow of white paper spread from one roll to another and the paper was singing in its pure white glory. And then it came to me: Such purity cannot be messed up with ink! So it was decided. I made some cuts to the paper and put it back into the roll. There is no reason why graphic art cannot be three-dimensional.
WHERE LIGHT AND SHADOW MEET A GLOW IS BORN
The glow of light is a strange, independent force that creates the impression of visible form. On these sculptures the glimmer of light is so powerful that it makes the form around the white roll of paper echo back from inside and the roll disappears into the light. This glow can even erase the form and create an impression of spacelessness.
HOW THE PAPER SEA CAME TO LIFE
Aili Vint: During the period when I was building light sculptures, my soul longed to paint the Sea. Suddenly I found myself folding the Big Sea out of paper.
Here you can see folded Sea. Compare the changes in the light and dark tones (as if we started to paint with light). On one side the sky is dark, on the other side it is light. You can look for differences on both folded seas. The light, the shadows and the glow give us the form image of the sea. The memory of our 5 senses bring out a vivid picture of the sea and helps us to create the illusions of our “own sea.”
But now I am going to tell you, when the paper sea was really born. One morning in my childhood, when I stepped into our back yard, I saw a snow-white sea that smelled of Grandma’s clean sheets, billowing all over the yard. At that time I was certain the White Sea was white. This is how an illusion of reality is created and The Paper Sea came to life.
WHY IS SNOW WHITE
Aili Vint: Why is Snow white?!