The central figure in Aaron Glasson’s work ‘Kihnu Woman’ is beloved folk singer Kihnu Virve, who is holding the sea with a traditional Kihnu fishing boat in her arms. The image symbolises the traditional lifestyle in Kihnu, where men spend a large part of their lives at sea, while women stay on the island. In the background, there is another Kihnu woman and a burning fishing boat, depicting the traditional celebration of the summer solstice. The third woman is surrounded by a double helix of herrings, reflecting the DNA of Kihnu people. It symbolises Kihnu people as being intertwined with the sea.
‘Kihnu Woman’ was created as part of the super graphics festival Mextonia in 2017, when nearly 30 walls in various locations around the capital were covered with murals.
All the locations of the murals created during the Mextonia Festival can be found on their Facebook page. ‘Kihnu Woman’ is located in the upper car park of Kumu, near Valge Street.