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Incense symbolises the love of God that he pours on us all, and the grace of the Holy Spirit, which spreads on the faithful as a good odour. A priest says when blessing the censer: “We offer you incense, O Christ our God, for an odour of spiritual fragrance. Receive it upon your heavenly altar, and send down upon us in return the grace of your all-holy Spirit”. I have used the smoke in my work, or rather the miraculously short moment that remains after the flame has been extinguished. There is a feeling that someone’s invisible hand is writing with smoke over the emptiness in fine calligraphy using different languages - maybe Hebrew, maybe Arabic or some other language. /
Inga Heamägi (b. 1961), graduated with a degree in graphic arts in the Estonian Academy of Arts in Graphics Department in 1988, worked as an AD in advertising agencies at Laks & Ko and Inorek & Gray, taught graphics and drawing at Estonian Academy of Arts, an artist and designer at the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church publishing house. Designing books and exhibitions. 33 personal exhibitions, over 70 participations in international graphic biennials-triennials, 15 curated exhibitions, 20 exhibitions of the Estonian Art Museum, more than 45 group exhibitions. During the last 6 years has participated in juries, expert committees of art competitions, etc. (Chairman of the Board of Estonian Graphic Artists Association from 2012; President of the International Jury of the 1st international Yerevan graphic art biennial, Armenia; member of the council of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for the Visual and Applied Arts Foundation 2015–2017). Winner of the 2nd Award Wiiralt Prize 2019.
From the autumn of 2018 works as the director of Kohila Training Center in Tohisoo Manor.