Ethel, born in Soviet Estonia, is a spiritually oriented self-taught artist, writer and photographer. Her main medium is oils and acrylics on canvas. The theme of her paintings, featuring alien-like human figures, is bringing subconscious matters into consciousness. Subjects arise as a sort of inquiry, that takes the artist into the depth of her psyche and transforms on the canvas into rich dream-like scenarios.
Ethel's art has strong intellectual, emotional and spiritual content, with specific emphases on shamanic theme. Ethel found herself drawn to shamanic magic reality during university years, while studying Theology. She chose Theology in hope to find some hidden wisdom that would heal or at least help explain the sense of alienation she was experiencing.
During Master Studies in Anthropology of Religions she started feeling resistance towards academic ways, while becoming increasingly curious about what cannot be said in strictly defined language. She longed to feel the awe, to sense the meaning behind existence, to find her purpose and no study could provide that. The sense of awe she experienced in connection to the natural environment through shamanic practices. That grew to be her greatest source of inspiration.
In August 2010 Ethel came to Java, Indonesia to work on her Theses and birthed a fairy-tale-style novel instead (published in 2015, in Estonia). At the same time she started painting and exploring photography. With each of the disciplines she holds intention to touch upon something potent, hidden beyond the surface, something that truly matters and oftentimes eludes definition.
In less than two years of painting Ethel had her first solo exhibition in Jogjakarta, Java, and her work was featured in an annual art show of widely celebrated artists of Java, Indonesia, held in Syang Art Space, Magelang. She sold her first paintings before she ever had an exhibition.
In 2012 Ethel went on to discover Bali, where she concentrated on developing her personal style and concept. In her last project of Cardinal Directions Ethel aims to bypass the intellectual mind, saying that it is limited by preconditioning of social trends and standards. She draws her subject matter from subconscious layers of the mind, that reaches into the very depth of personal experience and beyond it, into collective consciousness as well as mythical realms.
Drawing subject matter from these depths, her art touches upon the themes of personal and collective meaning. This kind of art invites viewers to delve deeper into their own sub-consciousness, unveiling what has not been seen, weaving potent connections, allowing revelations to come.