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The Still Point of the Turning World

PAULA ZARIŅA-ZĒMANE’s personal exhibition The Still Point of the Turning World will be on view in the Creative Studio of the ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (Torņa iela 1, 2nd floor) from 21 July to 20 August 2017.

Young Latvian painter Paula Zariņa-Zēmane got the impulse for such a poetic exhibition title from American-English author and playwright Thomas Stearns Eliot’s (1888–1965) set of poems Four Quartets (1943). It contains a phrase about a still point where all the contradictions of the world come together in harmony. In Paula Zariņa-Zēmane’s case, the still point of the turning world is to be found in each of the works which show a search for an intermediate state between the spiritual and earthly lives. Excessive movement makes us anxious, while lack of forward progress induces boredom. The artist paints places that give one the opportunity to enjoy peace and quiet – even when the surrounding world is turning faster than ever.