tallinn-estonia

Inga Meldere, Students Painting Some of the Remarkable Scenery in the Park, 2016, ink-jet print, acrylic, and oil on canvas, 43 1/4 × 25 1/2".

Inga Meldere

Temnikova & Kasela Gallery

Inga Meldere, Students Painting Some of the Remarkable Scenery in the Park, 2016, ink-jet print, acrylic, and oil on canvas, 43 1/4 × 25 1/2".

Coloring books for adults have gained surprising popularity in recent years. They promise “relaxation” and “creativity,” and perhaps an escape from the digital hum that has come to dominate modern life in favor of something done by hand. Besides ever-popular floral motifs, the books often incorporate graphically vibrant imagery from mandalas, Japanese woodblock prints, and ancient Egyptian and Greek visual history.

In “House by the Waterfall or Colouring Books for Adults,” Helsinki-based Latvian artist Inga Meldere harnessed this burgeoning hobby both as a method for creating her new paintings and as a commentary on the state of the image today. Meldere selects ready-made images and motifs from a variety of sources, including books, the internet, and private and public visual archives, then transfers them to canvas via silk screen or digital printing. The resulting transparent

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the November 2016 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.