We last featured the gorgeous stylings of Estonian pop singer Kerli in our winter 2016 Naughty & Nice issue and are thrilled to present these new images of the ethereal chanteuse paying homage to Art Nouveau.
“I have always found Art Nouveau to be incredibly elven-like,” she says. “Maybe because of its main inspiration—the curved lines of plants and flowers that directly correspond to nature spirits. We had a beautiful time creating these images, striving for that certain kind of gentleness, evoking the energies of springtime, awakening, and celebration of new life.” Kerli has long used elven themes in her art, like in the “Feral Hearts” and “Army of Love” videos.
Her latest electronic-pop album is Shadow Works, released in February from the MrSuicideSheep label Seeking Blue. Composed after her submersion in the Estonian forest, it is also a kind of awakening. The album is an “exploration of my own shadow,” she explains, “designed to connect the listener to their own disowned parts and to honor their hidden self.”
Shadow Works takes the listener through an emotional journey, from rage-filled to hopeful to blissed out. On tracks like “Tuleloits,” thudding native drums evoke the wild spirits and gods of the frozen north as Kerli sings in Estonian, casting an evocative, spine-chilling spell that takes the listener toward a place of calm. “The vocal scapes that start, part, and end the collection,” Kerli says, “are designed to bring the listener into a meditative state so that Shadow Work can be performed.”
Photography: Taavi Luhamaa
Floral Art: Ahti Lyra
Makeup and Styling: Liisa-Chrislin Saleh
Bodysuit: Crystal Rabbit Trixie Playsuit
Ear Disk: Claudia Lepik